The Bangladesh factory supplied goods to a number of fast fashion retailers, including Primark, J.C. Penney and allegedly, Wal-Mart. And where is the outrage? Where are the crowds of protesters lobbying for better oversight of apparel production? Apparently, we can sacrifice a few human lives for a cheap pair of sunglasses.
To be honest if you had come up to me a month ago and asked my stance on Eco-issues then I would have probably told you to go away and not waste my time. But, some thorough research and less ignorant understanding lead me to believe very differently. Those beliefs being that what happens to these animals is horrific, and all because you want a lipstick and foundation to cover your so called "blemishes."
Up and down the country, well-heeled consumers are scrutinising labels in shop aisles, or selecting individual vegetables at farmers' markets, ethical latte in hand. But what about your mental nutrition? What are you feeding your brain and where is it coming from? What about the music that you listen to?
I know that in just under two months my youngest will be in a new year at school and I'll need to kit her out with a new school uniform. We make a choice but often don't stop to think about where our cotton comes from. Often it's grown by women in West Africa and India who struggle to send their own children to school.
I'm a salted peanut lover and a couple of years ago I came up with the idea for a Fairtrade peanut line called Harry's Nuts! I knew this wasn't something I wanted to make money out of - it was something I wanted to do to take my extra step to support Fairtrade. I got interested in Fairtrade in 2002 when I went out to Ghana with my brother Rod, who's a farmer in Devon, to see how it all works on the ground. We met banana and cocoa farmers and saw the real change that is possible just by changing how we shop. They grow it, sell it for a fair price and we look out for the Fairtrade mark and buy the stuff in the shops. Simple, yet genius.
Trade and aid can be drivers of sustainable development: Fairtrade certification has demonstrated that, when poor farmers in developing countries are supported financially with development aid to become organised and are provided with an opportunity to tap into, and benefit from, global trade there can be a significant impact on poverty reduction at the local level.
There are over 600 Fairtrade schools in the UK. Children make captive audiences to stories about injustice and suffering that can come with being a farmer in a developing country. Children's capacity for empathy is great and can be developed through sharing stories during one of the many visits that Fairtrade farmers make to schools around the country in person and virtually.
Ten years ago the launch of the Doha Development Round scored blanket news coverage on both sides of the Atlantic. The round of WTO negotiations named after the city where they took place were aimed at achieving no less than a complete reform of the way the global trading system works, levelling the playing field for developing countries by giving them access to developed country markets.