Following Frankland’s EcoSchool Textile Drive initiative (that diverted 1300 kg of textiles from Landfill and circulated approx. 600 kg within community)
My Clothes My World was created to educate people about the negative impact ‘fast fashion’ has on society and the environment both locally and globally.
- To set the context for the workshop Teachers will show students prior the workshop the following free CBC 5th Estate documentary. Here is the trailer if you want a quick overview for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzEpc8p2u8U. Here is the link for the documentary to show to your students: https://youtu.be/onD5UOP5z_c. There are a few graphic moments in the episode between minutes 9:10 and 13:05; Teachers will use their discretion with students. We understand that each student group may be at a different level of sensitivity or attention span and respect choice to either show or not show the 45 minute video.
- Please have each student bring an old t-shirt from home as we will be teaching them how to upcycle clothes they don’t want anymore into a bag or scarf (they need to know that they will be cutting the shirts so they need to bring in a shirt they don’t have too strong of an attachment to!). It can be any colour and in any condition, however they should make sure that the bottom edge of the shirt is level (front to back) and that it does not have a band or wide cuff, and that it should not be a tank top. If they are smaller children it might be best for them to bring one of their parents t-shirts because if the shirt is too small it will be difficult to make into a bag. If they have more than one they can bring them and we will either use them in class for forgetful students or donate/recycle them appropriately. Note: it is best if they bring a shirt that they no longer wear because it has been stained or torn, as this helps them better understand the nature of “upcycling” and that it is an alternative to tossing it into the garbage.
- 7 R’s of Fashion: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Research, Repurpose, Repair, Rent!