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  • Videos, 7 minutes, 40 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Global, Europe


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Making Clothes Less Terrible for the Planet

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  • This video provides an overview of clothing fabrics and describes why opting for sustainable and ethical clothing could help fight climate change. 
  • The host explains how the fashion industry impacts the environment and contributes to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions.
Teaching Tips


  • The video highlights two fashion companies that are making a positive difference by creating sustainable and ethical clothing.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have prior knowledge about greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • It would be helpful for students to already have some knowledge of the negative impacts of the fashion industry on climate change. 
  • There are ads before the video and the content ends at 7 minutes. 


  • The video moves through the content very quickly, so it is recommended to pause the video between topics for younger students.
  • Economics and social studies courses could use this video to investigate how the fast-fashion industry can negatively impact society and the environment. 
  • History courses could use this resource to explore the history of fashion and changes in supply and demand over time. 
  • This video about the need for sustainable clothing could be paired with this resource to provide more information for students.
Scientist Notes

The resource explains the role of ethical and sustainable fashion and it's importance in reducing carbon footprints in the fashion industry. This is insightful and recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.15.6-8 Explain the benefits and the costs of trade policies to individuals, businesses, and society.
      • D2.Eco.10.9-12 Use current data to explain the influence of changes in spending, production, and the money supply on various economic conditions.
      • D2.Eco.15.9-12 Explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, rights of citizens, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations.
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.2.9-12 Analyze change and continuity in historical eras.
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