Kind Clothing: Sustainable Fashion

Washing hanging on a clothes line.

Kind Clothing is a project written for Girl Guides, designed by Hannah Fieldsend. It aims to fit into the exciting and varied programme suited to inspire and challenge Girl Guides ages 10-14 (Level 2 and 3). Any groups looking to achieve their ‘Global Awareness’ guiding essential can use Kind Clothing as part of their programme, and it covers topics such as Sustainability, Environmental Issues and Practical Skills.

It consists of three interactive sessions that introduce the idea of Fast Fashion and link it to the concepts of the environment and sustainability. Throughout the sessions there is an overarching project where the Girl Guides recycle a piece of clothing into a DIY drawstring bag.

Learning outcomes

Girlguiding Programme

  • Session 1
    • Express myself: innovate, communicate
  • Session 2
    • Express myself: innovate, communicate
    • Skills for my future: live smart
  • Session 3
    • Know myself: reflect, network
    • Skills for my future: live smart
    • Take action: make change, influence

Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Learning Objectives:

  • Session 1
    • Literacy: LIT 2-07a, I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to literal, inferential, evaluative and other types of questions, and by asking different kinds of questions of my own.
    • Environment: SOC 3-08a, I can identify the possible consequences of an environmental issue and make informed suggestions about ways to manage the impact.
  • Session 2
    • Planetary Processes: SCN 3-05b, I can explain some of the processes, which contribute to climate change and discuss the possible impact of atmospheric change on the survival of living things.
    • Environment: SOC 2-08a, I can discuss the environmental impact of human activity and suggest ways in which we can live in a more environmentally responsible way.
  • Session 3
    • People in Society: SOC 2-20a, Through exploring ethnical trading, I can understand how people’s basic needs are the same round the world, discussing why some societies are more able to meet these needs than others.
    • People in Society: SOC 3-19a, I can describe how the interdependence of countries affects levels of development, considering the effects on people’s lives.

In this resource

This resource bundle includes pdf and editable versions of the following:

  • Session Guides: a guide to running the sessions. It introduces the resource, details the programme and learning outcomes that the resource covers, then details each of the three sessions in turn.
  • Session 1: a PowerPoint presentation that covers the content for session 1.
  • Session 2: a PowerPoint presentation that covers the content for session 2.
  • Session 3: a PowerPoint presentation that covers the content for session 3.
  • How to make a DIY Drawstring Bag: a step-by-step guide to creating the DIY drawstring bag that it used in Session 2 and Session 3.

This resource was created as part of the GeoScience Outreach Course which is a 4th year undergraduate course in the School of GeoSciences aiming to provide students with the opportunity to develop their own science communication and engagement project.

This resource was originally developed for Girl Guides, and was successfully run with a Girl Guide group.

Author: Hannah Fieldsend, adapted by Andrew Ferguson.

Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC BY 4.0 license.

Go to Kind Clothing: Sustainable Fashion on TES to view and download this resource.

Cover Image by mpkino on Pixabay, Pixabay License.