These extra activities examine particular themes in more detail and are designed to run alongside Sustainability in Fashion, Making Clothes Matter and any creative workshop.

Ethical Fashion Product Analysis

Textile product analysis helps students to think about new and improved product design, and to analyse the work of designers and manufacturers. TRAID challenge students to evaluate a selection of ethical fashion pieces and brands. They will work in small groups to evaluate:-

  • The fabrics and manufacturing – is it fit for purpose?
  • The style and aesthetics – what is its target market?
  • The price – does it give value for money?
  • The ethical and moral issues – what is its impact on the environment? Were workers paid enough to make this item? Are there health and safety regulations in the workplace?

We round the session off with a lively discussion based on their evaluations applying knowledge gained on sustainable fashion, organic cotton, Fairtrade and up-cycling.

Who is Responsible?

Who is responsible in the textile supply and production chain? Students investigate the ethical and moral dilemmas posed by fast fashion and high levels of consumption. Working in small discussion groups we introduce students to the Ethical Trading Initiative and its Base Code to consider which stakeholders are most responsible for honouring these codes. The session will end with a discussion on how the supply chain should be changed to fix problems we have identified.

Plan a Campaign

Be a campaigner and get your voice heard. TRAID funds projects across a range of issues affecting the garment industry including preventing child labour, improving garment workers’ rights and eliminating the use of dangerous pesticides. Using current case studies, students will plan a campaign to highlight an environmental or social problem in the garment industry to get their message out into the public eye. Students will learn about different campaign methods from online activism to political lobbying to direct action, and decide what tools they will use to reach important stakeholders. The session will end with each group presenting their campaign for feedback and discussion.

Topics Covered

TRAID, Charity, Social Enterprises, Brands, Waste Prevention, Recycling, Reuse, Up-cycling, Resource Management, Ethical Fashion, Fast Fashion, Climate Change, Consumption, International Development, TRAIDremade, Child Labour, Cotton, Organic, Pollution, Garment Factories, Stakeholders