The Life Cycle of a T-Shirt

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Did you know that 2,700 liters of water are required to produce just one t-shirt? Or that cotton uses more insecticides and pesticides than any other crop? An engaging video traces the cycle of t-shirt production from cotton bolls to the environmental impact of the process.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members watch the video, complete the comprehension check, and research some of the links out of class before returning for a full class discussion
  • Show the video in full-screen mode to avoid the comment section
Classroom Considerations

  • Includes an advertisement for TED-Ed's student voice program at the end of the video

  • The video includes suggestions for what consumers can do to reduce the carbon footprint of t-shirt production

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