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Fashion Ethics Education

May 13, 2020

Students in Professor Kathleen Grevers' Fashion Ethics class created a series of TED-Ed lessons for this year's virtual Connected Learning Symposium. 
TED-Ed Fashion Lesson by Amariah Winter

According to Grevers, the students were asked to choose a topic within the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides and relate it back to the marketing of fashion items. 

"The TED-Ed lessons are directed toward the understanding of sustainable marketing terms that can be confusing, unethical, and in some cases, unrelated to the marketed product," said Grevers. "How do people know what they are truly purchasing if they are still unsure of what the claims legally mean?"

Each student's lesson includes a video source (some made by the students themselves), multiple-choice or open-answer questions for the audience to consider in relation to the video, additional resources, and a discussion component. 

Links to each of the participating students' TED-Ed talks are listed below:

How Can We Evolve Our Fashion to Benefit the Environment? Amelia Bickford
Is Your Clothing Toxic? What to look out for with dyes and treatments | Jake Gardner
Fashion in Ethics Source Reduction | Millicent Huntoon
Renewable Energy Claims | Amariah Winter
Environmental Marketing Claims in Fashion (Greenwashing) | Jessica Spillane
Degradable, Biodegradable and Compostable | Kendra Sperry
Green Guides: Renewable Materials | Hannah Smith
The Story of Cosmetics: Are We Being Deceived? | Lindsay Rutherford
How Does "Clean" Beauty Relate to the Green Guide Free of Claims? | Madison Robbins
Carbon Footprint and the Fashion World | Madison Paloski
The Ugly Truth About Makeup | Cassandra Moisan
How to Compost Your Clothes | Katherine Bouloubasis
Green Guide Lesson: Certifications and Seals of Approval | Alyssa Butkiewicz
Are Fast Fashion Companies Greenwashing Consumers with Recyclable Claims? | Alexis Cabral
Degradable, Biodegradable and Compostable 2 | Alyssa Corrente
Environmental Claims | Eleanor Fischer-Mueller
Green Guide: Non-Toxic Claims in the Fashion Industry | Sarah Gardella
The Environmental Impact of Free Two-Day Shipping and its Packaging | Samantha Grandahl
Certifications and Seals of Approval | Lindsey Hildreth
Why Recycled? Know How Your Clothes Are Made | Kenleigh Manseau