Is It OK to Buy Cheap Clothes?
► Try this activity to help students analyze the social responsibility of clothing retailers, and learn how to be more conscientious shoppers!
► Get teens to reduce their clothing waste by joining this Do Something campaign, which gets them swapping clothes with friends instead of buying new ones. (Psst. See our May Teacher Resources for our worksheet that will help students plan a clothing drive!)
► Teachers, listen to this quick radio program (and/or read the related article) before your lesson for some perspective and history on fast fashion. You could also share with students who are interested in learning more about how this current age of consumerism developed.
► In 2012, a fatal fire in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed more than 100 people. A year later, another factory in the same suburb collapsed, killing more than 1,000 workers. These incidents highlight just how dangerous the working conditions are for those who are manufacturing clothing.
► Fashion Revolution is a U.K.-based organization that seeks to make the fashion industry both safe and fair. This pamphlet details ways to support a safer, more transparent industry, such as writing a letter to a brand to ask who makes their clothes. Use Fashion Revolution's resources in conjunction with our sidebar, "How Can You Help?" for a great teen advocacy activity!
► If you're ready to talk more about child labor in the fashion industry, this interactive article from Unicef and The Guardian details the facts you need to know to discuss this upsetting issue.