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

In our January newsletter, we share a MCMW project with St. Clement's grade 8 students on fashion diversity, a mini-lesson on fashion's biodiversity, introduce you to an Indigenous Artist, and tell you about our 7 new virtual workshops.

We are kickstarting our REwear virtual clothing challenge this month, so if you would like to join us or just curious you about how to host a virtual clothing challenge, please follow us to find out more @myclothesmyworld

Happy reading.
The MCMW Team

What's New
My Clothes My World Goes Virtual! 
We are thrilled to announce 7 new virtual workshops. These workshops are one hour in length, include multiple activities for various grade levels, and engage students in various topics on the impacts of sustainability.  For greater details, on all our new virtual workshops, please visit as at

Here are just to few to mention...

Life Cycle Of A T-shirtStudents learn about the life cycle of a t-shirt and it's impact on the environment across the entire supply chain and learn about sustainable solutions.

How Much Water are you Wearing?Students learn about how much water goes into making our clothes, through calculating our clothing footprint and identifying solutions. 

Who Makes Our Clothes?Students learn about the people who make our clothes and how fashion impacts the lives of garment workers. Through a supply chain role-play activity that elicits important discussions around living wage, human rights and economies of scale.  

Fashion & DiversityStudents will learn about the importance of diversity in fashion and at the same time gain confidence and self acceptance through their personal style. Students will learn about our current fashion culture, the psychology of  being in fashion and the difference between fashion and style.  

Student Engagement

St. Clements, Art Design Project 

Grade 8 students, in an art design course, at St. Clement's, explored the importance of diversity in fashion. In this workshop, students learned about the world of fashion through the garments they wear and from this gained confidence and self acceptance that helped them identify their own unique personal style.

They then turned their efforts to inspire changes in their buying habits, attitudes, and new modes of sustainable habits. Students identified problems in the world of fashion that they, themselves, were ready to take on. The journey would lead students to design a garment that addresses/solves an issue in the world of fashion.  

Classroom Tools

How Fashion Contributes to Biodiversity Loss
In this mini-lesson, students will learn how the fashion industry relies heavily on biodiversity, from the production and processing of materials used to make our clothes, to the materials used for packaging. A large proportion of fashion's biodiversity impact results from agriculture for producing cotton, viscose, wool, rubber, leather hides or other natural fibres.  

How has fashion impacted climate change? ( Nature in Freefall. Fashion Revolution)
1. How is fashion a contributor to deforestation?
2. What country has 2,000 textile factories polluting it's waters?
    a. Why do you think clothing is made in this country?
3. 60% of the clothes produced are made of what material?
4. Calculate the amount of water to make our clothes? If the average person owns 5 pairs of jeans & 10 shirts, calculate how many litres of water are consumed. 
   i. On average, a pair of jeans takes 8,000 litres of water.
  ii. On average, a t-shirt takes 2,700 litres of water.

Identify customer solutions to fashion's impacts. (7R's of Sustainable Fashion)
1. Name 3 of the 7R's of sustainable fashion?
   a. Identify & explain one way to reduce your fashion footprint.
Fashion News
What We Are Reading...
Here are a few industry news articles that have caught our attention lately...

How to Shop for Sustainable Fashion That Will Last for Years to Come; FTA, January 2021
In the spirit of Reduce & Reuse - two of FTA's 7Rs of Fashion - we wanted to uncover how to shop for clothing that is good enough quality to last beyond one season.  In an interview with Corinne Brothers, we learn how to shop more sustainably.  

Five Sustainability Predictions for 2021; Compare Ethics, January 2021
During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, we have learned that people are more inclined to invest in items from brands that they trust. More attention has been brought to addressing the climate change problems as well as the impacts of the fashion industry. Here are a few future predictions for creating a sustainable world.

Waste not, want not: 17 Sustainable Living Tips; Good on You, January 2021
As a consumer, voting with our wallet holds power. The purchasing decisions we make can have a big impact, so it's important to shop with businesses who are conscious of the consequences of their actions and are striving to do better. To look past the greenwashing and find businesses worth spending money, read this article.

Sustainable Artist

Sage Paul 
Sage Paul is an urbanDenesuline tskwe based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. She is an award-winning artist & designer, and recognized leader of indigenous fashion, craft and textiles.  Sage is a founding collective member and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.  

She has designed costumes for Kent Monkman, Darlene Naponse, Danis Goulet and more.  Sage speaks about Indigenous fashion including engagements at Canada House, The Walrus Magazine, Ryerson University, Toronto Women's Fashion Week and South Africa Fashion Week.  Most recently, Sage presented her collection 'Giving Life' at the Festival de Mode & Design. 
Sage Paul is a sought after and artistically diverse designer. She is creatively curious and informed, with excellent and resourceful craftsmanship. Sage has a strong, broad understanding for how she and her audiences interact with and feel fashion.

Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events

January 24- International Day of Education
The international day of education is a day that celebrates the role of education for peace and development. This day is important because without inclusive and equitable education, some countries would still not have gender equality and would have a huge amount of children in poverty who can't go to school.

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