practices of the manufacturing industry.
This lesson explores the impact of low-cost, low-quality, mass-produced clothing. To narrow our focus, we will concentrate on t-shirts although the information provided in this lesson could apply to most any other type of clothing. Students begin by sharing their prior knowledge about the impact a t-shirt has on people, animals, and the environment. They will consider all aspects of production: from harvesting and developing raw material to the eventual disposal of the item and all the processes in
between. As they explore where t-shirts are made and under what conditions, students will learn how people, animals, and the environment are impacted throughout the life cycle of a t-shirt. At the end of the lesson, students will consider possible solutions on both a personal and systemic level to reduce and prevent the negative impact caused by the extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of a conventional t-shirt.