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School Project, Fashion and the Environment

Take an existing garment (cotton), experiment with dye, manipulate polyester, include hand stitching and express your feelings and the facts about Fashion and the Environment in designing and making a new garment from the old!  This is a new and great way to teach Fashion’s impact on the environment as well as learning about fibres, constructions, mending skills and developing student’s knowledge so they become informed consumers.  From late primary to exam years, this project expands in depth and activity to suit the age group.

The next generation are going to be living with the consequences of over consumption and clothing plays a large part in this.  They need to understand how fibres, clothing construction, manufacture and disposal have a major impact on the climate and this is the first project to fit into existing HE, D&T and Textile curriculums that tackles these issues in a relevant and engaging way.  You don’t need much equipment though, sewing machines not necessary!

Free to download and matched to the different curriculums in the UK, there are supporting resources ready.  We can supply CPD and support.  With Cop 26 in the Autumn, this is the way to show leadership – download, try and feedback.  We will support and develop materials to support you!


Fashion & Environment Scot level 2-4

Get creative and redesign an existing garment while exploring the impact our clothes have on the environment.

Fashion & Environment Scot level 4-5

There is a trend in fashion towards sustainability.  This project explores the environmental reasons why this trend is growing.

F&E progression chart

chart showing how this project can be developed across diffrent learning levels

Fibre Knowledge

Cotton Fibres

Cotton is a key fibre, used over 60% of textiles worldwide. Many of its characteristics make it versatile

Wool Fibres

Because wool is hair, it grows with a keratin exterior that has a scale like appearance.

Polyester & Cellulosic Fibres

Polymers, chemically made fibres