Importance of including sustainable fashion studies in curriculum
The fashion industry has been known to exploit natural resources and pollute the environment due to the mindless use of unsustainable materials like polyester and premature replacements. The apparel industry is the second largest in the world, only after oil, contributing to 10% of the carbon emissions globally.
Starting with our education system would go a long way in understanding climate change and possibly how human knowledge can possibly control it. A study found that sustainability should be included in the curriculum because it teaches students about environmental issues and gives them skills they can use in future careers involving sustainability issues.
A big step toward sustainable development.
It is important to understand that sustainability is not only required in the fashion industry. It needs to be part and parcel of all economic and cultural activities. But it is also crucial to acknowledge that fashion impacts nature considerably, owing to the industry’s $0.6 trillion market value.
Ways to make sustainability part of the curriculum:
- Making a conscious effort to include sustainable development in your work through innovation.
- Educate yourself on how to live more sustainably by reading books or articles on the subject matter.
- Start a discussion group around topics related to sustainability within your class or department which can further lead to exciting projects.
Working at the grassroots level.
We must ensure that our youth is educated about sustainability and climate change. If we don’t, the problems related to depleting resources, global warming and colossal waste, are bound to intensify in the future. The current generation has an excellent opportunity to improve the world, but they need more support from schools and parents if they’re expected to succeed. Schools should be where young people can learn about sustainable fashion and how their choices impact the planet. Schools and colleges are supposed to be experimentative as these encompass students’ formative years, wherein they probe into matters that intrigue them.
If students focus on finding alternatives to the infamous pop culture, they might as well be able to transform the notions of fashion. Sustainability parameters can become the very pillars of showbiz with the right motivation. This is only possible at the grassroots level because once a person steps into the dirty market, it becomes challenging to change business as usual. But the institutions are suitable to stir a revolution for the better in the sector.
Knowledge-based practice and social awareness, along with artistic expression.
In the past decade, there has been a growing interest in sustainably. It is a concept that aims to create and sell products with minimal negative environmental impact. This makes fashion education all about promoting knowledge-based practice, social awareness and artistic expression through which students can learn about their identities and those around them, including their perceptions of sustainability within various contexts such as a business. The profiteering models need to evolve and adapt to the changing need of the on customers.
When people have a target to achieve, it reflects in the quality of research because there is no ambiguity or loopholes to the aim. The trends then don’t erupt to be cosmetically popular but make a “fashion statement” in its truest sense. This approach tends to give clarity to the budding designers regarding what is of the essence and how pivotal their role is in the ecological equation.
Sustainability has become a necessity.
While there are numerous reasons why sustainability should be taught in educational institutions worldwide, let’s discuss the main points that make this a necessity.
- Students need to learn about sustainability because the future of their careers and the world depends on their understanding how it can help achieve a more livable and ‘greener’ planet. .
- To make sustainability a standard part of the curriculum in schools everywhere, the first step is to bring the culture into the mainstream economy. This is because we no longer have the option of ignoring environmental issues or hoping they’ll go away on their own; they won’t!
- As the world becomes increasingly globalised, it has become more critical to consider how to live a sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability is not just about banning plastics but planning to reduce the overall carbon footprint.
To ensure that our future generations have access to clean water and food, we must start taking action now. This can be achieved through simple changes in our daily habits, such as the 5Rs of:
- Refusing consumerism
- Reducing waste
- Reusing owned products
- Repurposing viable materials, and
- Recycling used stuff.
- Rejuvenating the planet’s ecosystem
Create a basis for a sustainable world.
Fashion is an international industry that influences every aspect of our daily lives. It has been rapidly growing over the past few decades and will continue to do so in years to come, especially considering its immense potential for innovation and creativity. As such, it helps us understand ourselves better as individuals and consumers by allowing us to express ourselves through what we wear. It also allows us freedom from societal constraints through trends that emerge in this field.
Sustainable fashion is an emerging field of study with diverse applications across various industries, such as apparel design and retailing. However, it can also encourage consumers to purchase goods produced by ethical manufacturers committed to protecting their employees’ welfare and their environments through sustainable production methods.
Sustainability is an important concept that must be incorporated into the education system. This will help students understand the importance of protecting our environment and make them aware of their role as responsible citizens. It’s time we started teaching about sustainability from a young age to create a better future for our budding generations and give them the gift of a healthy life!
One positive step towards this is the ‘DesignAbility’ program initiated by certain design college for the schools.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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