• In a world where so many things are disposable and considered
   just garbage, we learn to understand and appreciate the value of
   recycled objects, creating lifelong recyclers in the process. It’s a
   small and simple, yet powerfully effective way to take better care
   of our planet, and teach the importance of recycling and
   environmental responsibility.

• To make participants aware of the environment around them
   and their role in its protection
• To make them conscious of individual responsibility
   to recycle, reuse and recover.
• To teach them the importance of refurbishing, repairing,
   mending, and giving new life to old things.
• To teach them to feel empowered by knowledge and
   strategies, and show them what we can do as individuals.
• To teach them to incorporate a sense of responsibility
   towards the environment into their daily lives by changing
   their behaviours and those of their families, other students
   and eventually those of their children and generations to come.

Name given to any cloth or fabric made from natural, chemical or textile fibres or thread. The textile industry uses large numbers of looms in a manufacturing process that turns raw materials into finished products. The first step consists in processing raw materials from natural or synthetic fibres.


Preliminary Activity #2: Consumption and Textile Fibres

- Supplementary Information: Textile Fibres or download PDFDownload Teaching Notes #2: Textile Fibres
- Swatches of fabric from each of the 4 source groups: animal, vegetable, synthetic and mineral.

Activity #2: What Are We Wearing?
- Handout: How to Read a Clothing Labels Download Activity Sheet #2: How to Read a Clothing Labels

Preliminary Activity #2 :
Consumption and Textile Fibres

Group discussion
Using the Textile Fibres, discuss:
Download PDF Les fibres textiles

• What is textile (fabric)?
• Where do textiles come from?
   Origins: Animal, vegetable,
                 synthetic, mineral

Prepare a box with swatches of fabric from each of the 4 source groups: animal, vegetable, synthetic and mineral. Let the participants observe and touch the fabrics.

• How do we transform the raw material
   into something we can wear?
   (weaving, knitting, crocheting,
   plaiting, knottinge)
• What specific treatments can further
   enhance a textile?
   (dyeing, printing, embroiderin,
   bleaching, starching, waterproofing)

Direct the discussion towards notions of consumption and consumerism
- What do you personally consume?
   Think about the foods you eat.
- How you get from one place to another?
- What kind of home do you live in?
- What kind of sports do you do?
   Look at what the people around you
   are wearing.
- What does branded mean?
- What is a logo?
- Why are these clothes more expensive
   than other outfits?
- Is it worth the extra money? Why?
- Look at the people you are with,
   and at yourself.
- What kind of clothes are you wearing?
- Where were your clothes made?
- What are your clothes made of?
- Are you the first person to own them?
- Do you get new clothes when
   a) you outgrow them,
   b) they get worn out,
   c) you get tired of them?
- What will happen to your clothes when
   you are finished with them?

Activity #2:
What Are We Wearing?


How to Read a Clothing LabelDownload Activity Sheet #2: How to Read a Clothing Labels

Divide the participants into small groups.
Have participants work together to describe the clothing they are wearing.


Item of clothing Fibre content Fibre origin Manufactured in
100 % cotton


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