In this lesson, students learn about the harmful effects of fast fashion on the environment and discover ways they can increase their own personal responsibility concerning fashion sustainability.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students discover the origin of the clothing they personally wear and speculate about possible connections to climate change.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students analyze an editorial and a video detailing the connection between fashion production, carbon emissions, and human rights.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students calculate their fashion footprint and write a paragraph identifying choices they or others can make that promote fashion sustainability.
Students take ownership of their learning by reflecting on their personal fashion choices and identifying how the topic relates to their lives.
Students should have some basic understanding of climate change.
Teachers should be sensitive to the fact that some students may be clothing insecure. In the Inquire section, teachers can bring in examples of clothing, including different brands, rather than having students use their own clothing for the activity.
This lesson is easily adaptable to upper-level classes. For example, students with the skills to work independently can do research or write a draft of their paragraph for homework.
Teachers can differentiate to different reading levels by reading out loud, with checks for understanding along the way; asking students to read in groups; or allowing individual students to work at their own pace.
As an optional take-home activity, students wishing to explore their personal impact more can count how many articles of clothing in their closets qualify as fast fashion and create a chart or graph representing the data.
Social studies or economics classes can use this lesson to introduce the concepts of the Global North and the Global South. Students can research the economic practices and socio-cultural effects of the fashion industry.
Students can learn about fast fashion in the lesson, including where it comes from, how it affects the environment and the climate, and how they can reduce their carbon footprint by leading a sustainable fashion lifestyle. This lesson has passed our science review process after the sources used to generate it were fact-checked.