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Thamine Nayeem


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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics

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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 17 seconds

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The True Cost of Cheap Clothes

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  • This video demonstrates the need for a sustainable textile industry, as fast fashion is responsible for many environmental problems, including carbon emissions, water consumption, and water pollution.
Teaching Tips


  • This video presents the problems within the fashion industry and includes some possible solutions.
  • The website gives students the opportunity to learn more about fast fashion and sustainability through a linked podcast called Why It Matters.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students must be familiar with climate change, carbon emissions, and sustainable production.


  • The teacher could ask students to watch this video and try to draw a concept map that includes the keywords from this video.
  • Students can work with their classmates to try to come up with solutions that will transform the textile industry into a sustainable industry.
  • Teachers can pause the video to check students' understanding and write the main ideas on the board to help them acquire the information.
  • One of the galleries in this exhibition features provocative artwork on fast fashion. The artist's name is Guerra de la Paz. 
Scientist Notes
This video underscores the need for sustainable textile production. It raises concerns for sustainable textile production and consumption to reduce the global carbon footprint. The resource is factual and recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • Social Studies
    • Economics
      • SS.Econ1.a.m Predict the opportunity costs of various decisions and explain why the opportunity cost might differ from person to person or in different situations. Assess how limited resources (e.g., money, land, natural resources, workers, time) impact the choices of individuals, households, communities, businesses, and countries.
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog3.a.h Evaluate, in both current and historical contexts, how the prospect of gaining access to resources in contested zones creates competition among countries. Assess how and why consumption of resources (e.g., petroleum, coal, electricity, steel, water, food) differs between developed and developing countries now and in the past.
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