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Earth Day 2023: Invest in our Planet Sustainable Fashion

Apr 2023

The theme of Earth Day 2023 is Invest in our Planet. One way to do this is by digging deeper into the question of sustainable fashion. According to, the amount of greenhouse gasses produced by the fashion industry is the same as what is generated by Germany, France and UK together. If nothing is done, it will produce 26% of all carbon emissions globally by 2050.

Through being mindful of our choices, we can contribute to reducing this impact.  

This month, we’re sharing a carbon footprint clothing activity that helps raise awareness of the environmental impact of the industry. We have tips and ideas on how to become more “footprint friendly”. 
The Where is your T-shirt from? activity focuses on the example of making a white t-shirt. Students will explore the environmental impact of the creation of a basic piece of clothing and then brainstorm suggestion for eco-actions they can take to reduce their carbon footprint.  

Did you know that Earth Rangers has a whole site dedicated to ready-to-use resources for educators?
This activity and many more can be found on Earth Rangers Homeroom.  

Ma Classe Éco, the French version of homeroom is coming soon! Stay tuned for more information…
The How can we be footprint-friendly? quiz is a good starting point to talk about tangible lifestyle changes that we can make to reduce our carbon footprint. 

VIDEO: How these kids are cutting down on clothing waste (2020, CBC Marketplace). This video highlights the initiative of students at Wismer Public School in Markham, ON to reduce waste by organizing a school-wide clothes swap.

BOOK: You can Change the World by Lucy Bell. (2020, Andrews McMeel Publishing) This book, targeting 8-12 year-olds, offers many different ideas of Eco-Action for kids with real life examples, including activities for environmentally-friendly clothing.
Together we’re contributing to reducing the use of single-use plastics across Canada! The Plastic-Free for a Week Challenge can be done at any time. For one week, students try to adopt five plastic-free habits every day. At the end of the week, the class analyzes their combined results and brainstorms ways to continue reducing our use of plastics.

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