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Did you know that the cotton t-shirt on your back has a major impact on the planet? A short series of effective graphics is used to identify the “costs” from the water required to make the t-shirt (2,700 litres) and the energy needed to grow, manufacture, transport and care for it (washing and drying). Other graphics remind us that what seems an abundant resource– water – is really rather limited and cotton is a very thirsty crop.
Concludes by reminding us that we are players rather than spectators in this drama and we have choices. We decide how many t-shirts we need, how often we wash and dry them, how much water we use, and whether or not to skip the washing and drying. Choices make a difference and each choice counts.
Other Internet sites that help students better understand the connection between our lifestyle and water and how we might reduce our water footprint are also identified.
May be used
. in a variety of grade levels as a case study in ecological footprint, sustainable consumption, or decision making
. in any grade level where the topic is water/water use or energy/energy use
. to introduce a project wherein the class gathers data on the number of T shirts owned by students and washing and drying practices. The data might then be used to calculate the water and energy consumed and what might be done to modify the resource requirements involved.
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