Many of us love getting a great new outfit or a new pair of shoes, but how many of us stop and think about how we got these new items in the first place? A lot of the things that we buy in stores have used a lot of resources and have created a lot of waste. Consider the following scenario. Your clothes are made in a factory which uses a lot of power. They are then transported from all over the world which creates pollution. They are transported in a lot of packaging including plastic around the garments, tissue paper inside the plastic packaging, and the garments being placed in boxes. Once they are in store, all of this packaging is thrown away showing how short the lifespan of these packaging materials are. Not all stores enforce recycling of packaging. Finally, you buy the clothes and they are packaged up and perhaps put in more tissue paper, and then put in a bag which you will most likely throw away. All of this waste, labour, and pollution has been created just so that you can buy a t-shirt. There has to be a better way.

Some people have thought of more sustainable ways that we can reduce the waste caused by clothing production. Some cities have set up clothing exchange expos where people meet at a venue to swap their clothes for another persons clothes. Not only does this save money, but its a sustainable way to update your wardrobe without shopping at stores that create a lot of waste.

Read about 'The Clothing Exchange' here by clicking on the link below.
The Clothing Exchange

Other groups have set up fair trade, organic, sustainable clothing lines that make it easier for every day people to be conscientious consumers. Etiko is one of those companies. They decided that they didn't want to buy products made in a sweat shop, that had been produced in unsustainable and waste-producing ways, and that did not pay the workers who made the clothes the money that they deserve. Etiko produce and sell clothing and footwear that you can feel good about wearing, knowing that you have supported a good cause that does not hurt the planet or the people who make the products.

Check out Etiko's site by clickingon the link below.

Etiko - Sustainable, Fair Trade, Organic Fashion

Check out the Junk to Funk webpage for some great ideas!

Junk to Funk

To raise awareness about the 'Sustainable Fashion Show' we need to advertise it. The most obvious way of advertising to the rest of the school is by printing our poster's and brochure's, however this can create a lot of waste. In order to advertise the fashion show in a sustainable way, we have decided an invitation should be sent to the whole school via email. The invitation is to be made using Microsoft Publisher, then saved as a PDF file and emailed to everyone. See below for an outline of this task.

Sustainable Fashion Show Poster
This poster needs to be aesthetically appealing, and must convince readers to want to come to the show, and support sustainable consumerism. Essentially, this poster is a piece of persuasive writing as well as an invitation. You must include where and when this event will be taking place, why we have decided to do a 'Sustainable Fashion Show', and how this will be good for our future. These invites must also be sent out at least two weeks in advance so that people can make arrangements to be there. Below is an example of what is expected.

Sustainable 'TRASHION' Parade

Garments and accessories need to be prepared for the sustainable fshion show. Click on the link below to be directed to the page where you can get ideas for what you can do to re-purpose and re-design old clothes for the fashion parade.
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