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Sustainability KS3

An introduction of how we can use sustainable materials when designing textile products

Emma Edwards

on 21 April 2013

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Transcript of Sustainability KS3

Sustainable materials There are many sustainable materials which are being developed by scientists and designers. We can grow natural fibres organically We can recycle plastic bottles to make fabrics such as fleece. We can recycle old fabric and yarn too. These can be made into new products rather than throwing them away! How about recycled vintage fabrics for cushions? This one is made from an old trench coat! Or cushions made from organic cotton? It is important for us, as designers, to consider the use of sustainable materials. Sustainability is important in fashion and in home textile products
The Oxfam and M&S Clothes Exchange
The Oxfam and M&S Clothes Exchange was launched in 2008 and encourages people to donate their unwanted clothes. The Exchange is designed to raise money for Oxfam’s work and to reduce the one million tonnes of clothing sent to landfill each year. Anyone donating an item of M&S clothing to Oxfam receives a £5 voucher to use on their next purchase of £35 or more in store. Revenues generated from the sale of
donated garments provide funding for Oxfam’s work on poverty around the world. Since the launch, more than three million garments have been diverted from landfill into reuse and an extra £3 million has been raised for Oxfam. What is eco-fashion? Eco-fashion is about making clothes that take into account the environment. How could we extend the life of clothes? Did you know that in the UK we throw away an amazing ONE MILLION tonnes of textiles each year? Only one eighth of this is sent for reuse to charity shops and much of the rest is thrown away. Can repaired clothes be cool? Throwaway society? You could recycle old textiles by taking them to a recycling bank.
You could reuse textiles by giving them to a friend or taking them to a charity shop. Or you could try turning the old, unwanted textiles into something new and exciting, thereby stopping so much waste ending up in landfill. Did you know that 15 million plastic bottles are thrown away every day in the UK? Sustainablilty 6rs RETHINK REFUSE REDUCE RECYCLE REPAIR Do we make too many products? How can we do things differently? Could we use less objects?

you may be able to make the product work in a different way e.g. wind up radio.
Or you may make a product use less energy i.e. energy efficient light bulbs. Is it really necessary? Is it going to last? Is it fair trade? Is it too costly to be stylish?

You can refuse to buy a product if you think its wasteful e.g. unnecessary packaging or needs a lot of energy to run.
When designing a product you can refuse to use materials that aren't recyclable or harmful to people or the environment. Which parts are not needed? Do we need as much material? Can we simplify the product?

Making long-lasting, durable products instead would reduce the number of products customers need to buy. This would result in less energy, less transport, less materials etc. How easy is it to take apart? How can the parts be used again?

Recycling means REPROCESSING material rather than just re-using a product. Recyclable materials include glass, paper, metals, wood, textiles, electronics, tyres, plastics and food wastes. Most, if not all, things can be recycled in some way. Which parts can be replaced? How easy is it to replace parts?

When a product breaks down or doesn't work properly, try to fix it. Eco-fashion clothes:
* are made using organic raw materials, such as cotton grown without pesticides and silk made by worms fed on organic trees.
* There are no harmful chemicals used.
* They are often made from recycled and reused textiles.
* They are made to last, so that people keep them for longer.
* They come from fair trade - the people who make them are paid a fair price and have decent working conditions.
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