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The True Cost of Fashion

Crabtree 2014. 48 pages
First published: 2013
Series: Consumer Nation: How to Shop to Change the World
ISBN: 9780778704874 (paperback)
9780778704836 (hardcover)
9781427182081 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, point of view, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Behind the flash and glamour of the runway, catchy ad campaigns and personal fashion preferences, there are both ethical and environmental implications regarding where clothes come from and how they are made.

In this detailed non-fiction resource, four comprehensive chapters—“A Global Industry,” “Labour Behind the Labels,” “Environmental Impacts” and “Making a Change,”—cover topics that include: the supply chain, raw materials, sweatshops, pay and conditions, health impacts, pesticides and fair trade. Text is dense and straightforward, packed with background information and facts on this complex subject: “Over 50% of American garment factories are sweatshops”; “consumers can choose to buy clothes from companies that pay fairly.”

The busy layout is crammed with information in plain text, coloured boxes and circles. Insight is gained through case studies, fact bubbles, maps, charts and questions with pros and cons. Colour photographs capture real life situations and appear on angles across the pages, with staples or tape around their edges, lending a sense of gathered evidence.

Ultimately, the message is one of awareness so readers can make informed choices. There are some encouraging case studies on innovative companies and suggestions on how to make a difference. A glossary and bibliography at the back provide further resources.

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    With a partner, read your clothing labels. Where were your clothes made? Identify and list the materials they are made of. On a world map, pinpoint where your clothes come from.

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    In pairs or small groups, read and summarize different chapters. Exchange information with other pairs/groups.

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    Identify the major problems with the fashion industry and brainstorm for solutions. Look at the suggestions in Chapter Four and explore the suggested resources on page 47. Prepare a video or multimedia presentation, a poster or an event to show how students can make a difference.

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    With a partner, read your clothing labels. Where were they made? On a world map, pinpoint the source countries. List the materials they are made of. 

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    Examine the front cover and make predictions about the contents. Read the back cover and discuss the questions.

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    Explore the book's structures and features. What do you understand about the different titles? Discuss the illustrations.

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    In a graphic organizer, sort the issues in terms of health, ecology, labour, etc.

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    Think of different solutions to change the way the fashion industry works. Note the suggestions in Chapter Four. Discuss small things you can do to help. Prepare a poster or plan an event to show how you can be the change.

  •  In small teams and using only the table of contents, discuss what you think the book is about and write a few sentences that predict the contents of each chapter.
  •  In teams, respond to one of the case studies. How might this information change how you shop? After discussion, summarize the main ideas.
  •  Identify the major problems with the fashion industry and brainstorm for solutions. Look at the suggestions in Chapter Four and explore the suggested resources on page 47. Prepare a video or multimedia presentation, a poster or an event to show how students can make a difference.
  • To cooperate with others
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Career Development
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences