Activity 6: Rethinking Textiles Products

This activity, for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, looks at textiles in fashion design. It provides an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and understanding of a circular economy approach to developing textiles products and how textile companies are applying this approach to developing new products. It explores potential systems for eliminating waste from the product lifecycle. Students also develop an awareness of personal values and how these impact on the decisions they make. Following an analysis of their own personal wardrobe, they then go on to develop design proposals for a range of modular and/or multifunctional fashion products aimed at a teenage market. Design and technology concepts • Product analysis – evaluating the impact of a product from start to end of life • Exploring design contexts • Creativity – applying lateral thinking to developing new products and systems Circular economy concepts • Designing out waste from systems • Working in a whole systems approach and optimising the system seeking multiple benefits • Understanding the difference between biological and technical nutrients The activity could be extended further within different subjects: Citizenship: discussing own values and those of companies and businesses. English or Drama: role-play activity where students represent different stakeholders within a textiles business and system. Geography: exploring a globalised textiles business and systems. Enterprise education.

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