When it comes to our clothes, cotton is the most used natural fibre in the fashion industry. We tend not to think about the fact that at least 40% of our wardrobes – from tee-shirts to jeans – begins life being grown by a farmer, in a field, somewhere in the world.

Cotton growing and garment production typically takes place in countries all around the world in hyper-globalised supply chains. That puts a big distance between the clothes in our wardrobes, and the multiple processes and human beings involved in creating our clothes.

To address this, TRAID Education has created a short video – ‘My Cotton T-shirt: From field to wardrobe’.

It explores the processes involved in making a simple t-shirt to bring people closer to the realities of the labour and resources that goes into making clothes, while touching on some of the socio-environmental impacts. Through knowledge of how our clothes are made, we can build communities which place more value on the clothes we have.

Download TRAID’s latest free toolkit for formal and informal educators which takes the clothes in our wardrobes as a starting point to educate for sustainability. Packed full of lesson plans and resources, the toolkit explores the many issues linked to producing, consuming and wasting clothes, and what we can do about it.