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  A Voice for Youth in Sustainable Fashion 
Student Engagement. Classroom Tools. Fashion News. Upcoming Events.

In this February newsletter, we recognize our two co-op students, introduce a mini-lesson on diversity, share the latest fashion industry news and feature
sustainable designer Oge Ajibe. 


We successfully kicked off our REwear clothing challenge!  You can find inspiration at @myclothesmyworld & while there, check out our REwear highlight reel.  This virtual clothing challenge can be done in both English and French so if your school would like to participate please reach out to  jennifer@fashiontakesaction.com


Happy reading.
The MCMW Team

Join our Virtual Clothing Challenge! Earn EcoSchool points and have some fun along the way knowing that you are doing something good for the planet!

Student Engagement

Iona Catholic Secondary School Co-Op Placement

These past three months, we have had the pleasure of working with two very bright co-op students from Iona Catholic Secondary School, in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.  Both Hannah & Julia made incredible contributions to our organization; assisted us with our new educational web page, our youth based instagram account @myclothesmyworld, this newsletter, and shared their new knowledge with others about the negative environmental & social impacts of the fashion industry.   

Julia & Hannah are bright, enthusiastic, intelligent  and creative students who are able to take charge and make things happen.  Each day was a different task and very fast paced, but they rose to the occasion with their passion and determination.  We wish them both the very best in their future endeavours, and we know they will be successful as they prepare for University.  Thank you! 

Tools for the Classroom

We know how hard this pandemic is, and that teachers and students are all struggling with learning online. But we're here to help! We now offer five one-hour virtual workshops led by one of our expert facilitators. So break up your day with an engaging lesson on sustainable fashion. Each workshop comes with prep, and follow up activities and assignments for your class. Learn more at MCMW Virtual.
Fashion & Diversity: A Mini Lesson Plan for Teachers
For teachers who want their students to understand and value the differences and uniqueness in others, give this mini lesson a try. If you want to go deeper on the topic, contact us about our one-hour live virtual workshop, "Fashion & Diversity".

Start by sharing these articles with your students and then engage in a discussion (sample questions below):
  1. What does diversity mean to you?
  2. How do you think individuals and/or groups are discriminated against?
  3. Could you explain why a diverse group of people working on a project could be more effective than a homogenous group?
  4. What are some examples of cultural appropriation in fashion?
  5. How can fashion brands be more equitable and inclusive?
Click here to book our virtual Fashion & Diversity workshop!
Fashion News
What We Are Reading...
What we've been reading this past month...

Will the Circular Economy Save the Planet?, by Elizabeth Cline, December 2020 
"The fashion industry is wasteful, consuming 108 million metric tons of nonrenewable resources each year, from pesticides and synthetic dyes to coal and oil.  Only 1% of all textiles are recycled into new clothing."  [5 min read]


How to Build a Better Thrifting System, by Emily Stochl, December 2020 
"The secondhand industry is complex and many consumers, even secondhand consumers don't understand how charity thrift stores function in our current society.  The secondhand clothing industry has long been marketed to consumers as a form of charity but they are a means to turn unwanted clothes into a charitable mission ranging from cancer research, to job creation, animal adoption and much more."

Fashion Still Hasn't Figured Out How to Be Diverse, Inclusive & Equitable,
by Sumedha Vemulakonda, December 2020
"There is a social initiative behind the inclusion of diversity  inclusivity transparency.  People of colour want to feel included in an industry they participate in and contribute to. Diversity plays a vital and concrete role in increasing ethical and sustainable practices. "

Sustainable Artist Spotlight

Oge Ajibe
Ogechukwu Ajibe, is the founder of Oge Ajibe - formally known as the fashion Voice.  She started the brand three years ago after completing a fashion program.  Oge Ajibe believes in confidence and inclusion.  That is why all their garments are made to order, in sizes XS-5X in fits that show off one's unique style.  She provides clients with comfort and confidence in this inclusive, sustainable and hand made clothing line that made in Canada. 

Oge Ajibe can be best described as a brand that enlightens people on how to best represent themselves in all aspects of fashion.  

Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events

February 4th - National Sweater Day
Since 2010, more than a million Canadians have shown their support for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by turning down their thermostat and wearing their favourite 'sustainable' sweater to stay warm. 

February 20th - UN's World Day of Social Justice
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations.  We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants.  We advance social justice when we remove social barriers.  


 

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