Workshop “Change your lifestyle to protect the environment”

Introduction

                                                             Workshop “Change your lifestyle to protect the environment”

 

This webquest is designed to educate students about issues that have a huge negative impact on environment. The key focus will be on consumerism and fast fashion, to get a closer look on one's habits and increase knowledge about circular economy. 

Aims:

  • raise awareness of sustainability issues
  • review and enrich vocabulary related to fast fashion, consumerism
  • promote communication and collaborative skills
  • develop reading, speaking, digital literacy skills
Task

Your task for this webquest is to discuss about the given topics, collect information using internet resources and make a presentation. 

The purpose of this webquest is not to test your knowledge, but to raise your awareness about global issues that are of great threat, and realise that we as individuals are able to make great changes for today and near future. 

Please follow the process plan and activities assigned both for all teams in general and a team in particular. 

 

                                                                           Wish you productive time in team work!

 

 

Process

                                                                                                  ACTIVITY 1

Group discussion. Choose at least 5 questions to discuss in your group. Feel free to think of your own questions on the topic “shopping”.

  1. Is shopping painful for you or is it a pleasure?
  2. What do you spend most of your money on?
  3. Do you ever go window shopping?
  4. Have you ever bought something that you’ve never used?
  5. Do you think supermarkets should be open 24 hours a day?
  6. When you go shopping, do you compare prices before you buy?
  7. Do you enjoy visiting the sales?
  8. Do you ever buy second-hand goods?
  9. Would you say we live in a consumerism society? Is this a good thing or not?
  10. Are brand names important to you?
  11. Which is better: shopping in shops or shopping online?
  12. Is shopping a real hobby?
  13. Why do women like shopping more than men or is it a stereotype?
  14. How long do you keep an item of clothing for?
  15. Should we wear clothes until they get holes in them?
  16. Should we all wear the same clothes?
  17. How fashionable are you?

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Pre-reading task. Discuss in groups following the questions and speculate on possible answers. 

1) What does fast fashion create by putting clothes in stores quickly?

 a) a mess b) demand c) supply d) high prices

2) How many items of clothing are made each year?

 a) 100 million items b) 100 trillion items c) 100 quadrillion items d) 100 billion items

3) By when will the scale of fast fashion increase by 60%?

 a) by 2030 b) by 2040 c) by 2025 d) by 2035

 4) Who is being affected by chemicals?

 a) designers b) all of us c) clothes factory workers d) shop sellers

5) Who is making many of the fast fashion clothes, according to reports?

a) people in the USA b) children c) robots d) experts

 6) What is adding to the problem of clothing waste?

a) the way we shop b) prices c) demand d) supply

7) What kind of society is being created?

 a) a throwaway society b) a poorer society c) a well-dressed society d) a poorly-dressed society

8) Who buys clothes that they never wear?

a) some people b) all of us c) teens d) rich people

9) How many clothes that are thrown away in Europe are recycled?

a) about half b) 100 million c) not that many d) less than 1%

 

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Read the article and find out the answers for your previous discussion. 

Environmentalists are getting more worried about the effects of fast fashion on the environment. Fast fashion is the mass production of clothes at a low cost. They are put in shops and online quickly to create a high demand. Manufacturers make 100 billion items of clothing every year. This is expected to grow by 60 per cent by 2030. The fast fashion business model is having a negative effect on the environment. Many of the clothes end up in landfills and are not recycled. Another negative effect on the environment is caused by the chemicals used to make the clothes. These cause health problems for people working in clothes factories. There are reports children make many of these clothes. The way people are buying clothes is adding to the problem of clothing waste. Many years ago, people went to stores and tried clothes on. People took more time and thought more carefully before they bought clothes. They also wore them for longer. Today, people order cheap clothes on the Internet and if they don't like them, they send them back. Some people say this is causing a throwaway society. Some people buy clothes and never even wear them. The German media company Deutsche Welle wrote: "Every year in Europe, four million tons of clothing ends up in the trash. Less than one per cent of this is recycled." It seems the fashion industry is not so sustainable.

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Discuss and rank putting the most serious issues concerning fast fashion at the top. 

 

Water usage Landfills
Poisonous dyes Child labour
Plastic microfibres Waste
Overconsumption Energy consumption

 

 

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                                                  INTRODUCTION TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY

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                                                                    FROM LINEAR ECONOMY TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY

ACTIVITY

BRAINSTORMING

1. What do you know about linear economy?

2. What do you know about circular economy?

 

                                                                                     LINEAR ECONOMY

picture:

https://www.dropbox.com/home?preview=Screenshot-2020-01-15-at-15.54.38.png

 

                                                                                  CIRCULAR ECONOMY

picture: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/h4o1l8q7fe7z0qt/circular-economy-diagram-2.png?dl=0

 

FACT: 

Did you know less than 1% of old clothing becomes new clothes? 

QUESTION: What actions have to be taken?

 

ACTIVITY

Analyse the given information in the pictures above. Compare and contrast both linear and circular economy. 

 

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ACTIVITY

Are these claims about the circular economy real or rubbish? If needed, use internet resources. 

 

1

The circular economy is just another name for recycling.

TRUE

FALSE

2

In a future circular economy we could rent tech instead of owning it.

TRUE

FALSE

3

Products designed for the circular economy need to be easily dismantled and recycled.

TRUE

FALSE

4

If we make less stuff, there will be less work for people.

TRUE

FALSE

5

If there were no humans, then there would be no landfill. Nature is the original circular economy!

TRUE

FALSE

6

The circular economy is really bad for business.

TRUE

FALSE

7

All waste is bad for the environment.

TRUE

FALSE

 

 

                       WELL DONE. You are on the right track. Now you have gained more awareness of ways to be more sustainable!

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Fast Fashion is a design, production, and marketing strategy that focuses on creating large quantities of trendy clothes in a short amount of time. It can also be defined as cheap but trendy clothing from the catwalk ideas or celebrity culture and transferred quickly to clothing stores. To produce a low-cost fashion, clothing manufacturers use trend duplication and low-quality materials such as polyester. The goal is to get the newest trends on the market as quickly as possible so that buyers may buy them while they’re on-trend. In addition, since it is not high-quality made, they aren’t meant to be worn for years or even several times. So, consumers put them away after a few wears. As a result, these inexpensive trendy pieces are becoming one of the world’s most polluting industries due to overproduction and consumerism.

So, now let’s talk about fast fashion and the social, human, and environmental impacts.

Think of fast fashion like fast food – it is cheap, quickly made, somewhat unhealthy, tastes good, and available everywhere. Well, that’s fast fashion – cheap, manufactured quickly, has some environmental issues, consumers love it, and it’s available everywhere! 

 

 

                                                                         QUIZ: HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FAST FASHION?

                                                                              https://spunout.ie/life/climate/fast-fashion-quiz

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                                                                              Photo gallery “Fashion should not cost the earth”

 TASK:  Search for the pictures that best illustrate the topic. Give a title. Upload 1-2 pictures per team on the padlet in the provided section:

                                                          https://padlet.com/neringa_sadauskiene1/z90su24fzrimq05x 

 

 

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                                                                     PLEASE FIND THE ACTIVITIES FOR EACH TEAM

                                    TASK: Analyse the given resources and make a short 2 min. PowerPoint presentation of your research. 

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                                                                    THE RISE OF FAST FASHION

TASK: Discuss in group about the history of fast fashion and its evolution. Make a PowerPoint presentation with illustrations and be ready to present. 

 

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                                                    Thought-Provoking Quotes about Ethical, Sustainable and Fast Fashion

TASK 1 : Discuss in groups and analyse different online resources about quotes on the given topic. Explain their meaning and reasons of your choice. Make a PowerPoint presentation with illustrations and be ready to present. 

                                                                                 Idioms about clothes

TASK 2:  *Idiom - an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but must be learned as a whole ( e.g. have ants in your pants - be nervous or restless)

Make a list of  at least 7 idioms with explanations. Make a PowerPoint presentation with illustrations if possible and be ready to present. 

 

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                                  THE HEALTH IMPACT OF FAST FASHION AND WHY YOU SHOULD DRESS SUSTAINABLY

                                                    

TASK: Discuss in group about the possible health issues related to fast fashion and reasons for wearing sustainable clothes. Analyse different online resources. Make a PowerPoint presentation with illustrations and be ready to present. 

 

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                                                                                    SCARY FACTS ABOUT FAST FASHION

TASK:  Discuss in group what horrible facts about fast fashion you already know. Analyse different online resources. Make a PowerPoint presentation of at least 7 facts with illustrations and be ready to present. 

 

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                                                                                  SLOW CLOTHING MANIFESTO

TASK: Make a slow clothing manifesto. Discuss in group about the ways how to turn from fast fashion to slow one. Analyse different online resources. Make a PowerPoint presentation with illustrations and be ready to present. 

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                                                                            TURNING TRASH TO TREASURE - UPCYCLING

TASK: Brainstorm ideas in group how trash from household appliances to clothing can be turned into treasure. Analyse different online resources. Make a PowerPoint presentation with illustrations and be ready to present.  

 

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                                                                             THE FUTURE OF FASHION - WHAT WILL WE WEAR?

TASK:  Brainstorm ideas in group about future visions in fashion field. Focus on sustainable as well as futuristic ideas. Analyse different online resources. Make a PowerPoint presentation with illustrations and be ready to present.

 

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Be prepared to share your thoughts with the rest of the class.

https://padlet.com/neringa_sadauskiene1/z90su24fzrimq05x 

 

 

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Evaluation

                                                                           FEEDBACK/ SELF - ASSESSMENT

Answer the following  questions at the end of this workshop:

- How would you summarize activities of the workshop “Change your lifestyle to protect the environment” in a few words?

- What 3 new things have you learned today?

- What did you feel proud of yourself during the workshop?

- What did you find challenging?

- Is there something you would like to learn more about the topic yourself? 

Conclusion

Fashion undoubtedly has a significant negative impact on the environment, one that needs to be addressed if we are willing to avoid more serious consequences. Could the solution be slow fashion?

Fashion is a cultural phenomenon, a way of life, and an attitude. The future might change for the better if we adopt a more sustainable style of living and thinking. An individual as a responsible consumer has the ability to contribute to saving the planet, therefore, actions have to be taken now.

Credits

This webquest was created within the co-funded Erasmus plus KA229 partnership "Let's Go Green!". 

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If you are interested in finding more about the topic, please find some recommendations to watch:

  •  The future of fashion made from mushrooms: 

  The Environmental Disaster that is Fuelled by Used Clothes and Fast Fashion |

 

Foreign Correspondent:  Fast fashion - The shady world of cheap clothing | DW Documentary: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhPPP_w3kNo