In Ireland, our addiction to new clothes is doing more harm than you may think. Half a tonne of clothing is dumped here every minute, producing over 12 tonnes of carbon emissions – the same as driving 65,000 kilometres in a car. (Source: Oxfam Ireland)
Help your class to take action on climate change, water pollution and overconsumption in this simple lesson. Begin a conversation about where their clothes were made and how long they will last.
This online workshop will help you to teach your class about this topic (register at https://fashionandtheenvironment.eventbrite.ie . The accompanying teaching pack contains a presentation and teaching handbook to educate pupils about the impacts of fast fashion on our environment (you can download this presentation and handbook from www.waterfordcouncil.ie).
The way we make, use and throw away our clothes is unsustainable. Textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined, consumes lake-sized volumes of fresh water and creates chemical and plastic pollution.
This teaching guide for secondary school teachers will help to both raise and discuss the issues surrounding fast fashion with pupils. The most sustainable garment is the one we already own. Repairing, re-wearing, reusing, and renting are preferable to recycling or discarding clothes.
You can also attend a free workshop on this topic at 7pm on Wednesday 13th October 2021; register now at https://fashionandtheenvironment.eventbrite.ie