Sustainable Living Week 2024

Did you know that in the UK we buy more than 2 tonnes of clothing each minute? And that a million tonnes of textiles are discarded per year?

Introducing our new themed week of lessons, this year’s Sustainable Living Week will focus on circular economy, the impacts of fashion and many ideas on how to turn the tide towards a more sustainable relationship with our clothing.


We are grateful to our partners from the Scottish Government, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Fair Trade ForumThe Or Foundation and Zero Waste Scotland for their support in making this week of lessons happen. 





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Activity for the week:

Develop your stitching skills that can one day help to repair your clothes or create wonderful projects, or use your voice in a Young Reporters video about the impacts of fast fashion.    

EY to P3: Too Much Stuff

Lesson to the younger audience with author Emily Gravett and her book ‘Too Much Stuff’. Although the book doesn't focus on clothing and fashion, it is a great lesson towards the overall aim of changing our relationship with things, clothing included, and the impact that our love for stuff can have on the planet. 

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P4 to S2

A series of interactive lessons, inspiring stories and activities focused on the circular economy, the impacts of fast fashion and how we can turn the tide towards a more sustainable relationship with our clothing.

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Lesson One: The Circular Economy

Circular Economy lesson with Zero Waste Scotland. This lesson will cover linear economy (the way in which we have historically functioned so far, thinking it was right and endless, and the problems that this has), circular economy (where we should be moving towards), and how would circular economy look in the world of fashion and the exciting opportunities of this.


Lesson Two: Fairtrade Fashion

We start this lesson on the topic of Fairtrade and fashion with Catherine Newman from the Scottish Fairtrade Forum.  This lesson will cover how Fairtrade protects workers, and pushes the textile industry to be more sustainable, from seed cotton to the finished garments. Next, Andy from Koolskools will share their experience as an ethical, sustainable school uniform manufacturing business that works with Fairtrade certified cotton and recycled polyester.


Lesson Three: The Social Impact of Fashion

A lesson on the impacts of discarded and donated clothing, with The OR Foundation. This lesson will be delivered from Ghana, the top importer of unwanted/second hand clothing in the world, and will particularly look at the impact that our unused clothing is having on their people and environment. 


Lesson Four: What Sustainable Fashion Could Look Like

This lesson takes a look at moving towards a sustainable relationship with our clothing, with ACS Clothing Solutions. The lesson will showcase ACS’s model of circular economy and sustainability, and focus on ideas of actions that pupils and schools can do as a first step towards a more sustainable and caring future.


Assembly for all ages, 30 mins long

An all ages assembly where we will revisit the everything we have learned this week, play a quiz, answer any questions sent throughout the week, and showcase work carried out by pupils.


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