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Textiles: Environmental Impacts

Media: DVD
DUR: 26 mins
Product Code: ENVTEX
Price: £45.00

Filmed in Bangladesh and in the UK, this resource assesses the environmental impacts of the textile industry both here and abroad. It looks at how companies in the UK are working to meet government targets to reduce their environmental impact by using state of the art water recycling plants and by making better use of their waste streams. The resource then explores the environmental impact of textile production in Bangladesh, and shows how the true cost of cheap textiles is being felt by the very poorest living downstream from polluting textile factories.

 

Endorsement/Recommendation

Endorsed by Edexcel for use with their GCSE in Design and Technology: Textiles Technology

Recommended by AQA in their resources list for both their GCSE and GCE D&T Textiles specifications

Testimonials

“A highly relevant and much needed resource that fits extremely well with the new Design Technology specifications. It shows exciting and innovative case studies and is well supported with excellent noes and worksheets. Candidates will engage and enjoy this DVD and benefit from it.”

Maria James,
Head of Art, Design and Technology, Churston Ferrers Grammar School

Filmed on location in both the UK and Bangladesh, this DVD provides a clear indication of some of the issues associated with the manufacturing techniques that are required to make the clothes and textile products that we use every day.

The film discusses the new technologies that allow companies to develop and control their waste streams, in order to meet governmental targets. The viewers are taken to Bangladesh to view what happens when government controls are not heeded; water supplies are polluted, affecting the poorest residents.

The DVD provides the viewers with a valuable insight into the global issue of environmental impact, and one that does need political intervention to be resolved. It also invites the viewer to think about and discuss the issues in a much broader context, and I can see this footage not only useful in Design and Technology, but also providing a framework for discussion in Media Studies, Geography, and Sociology.

It is easy to navigate the DVD; each chapter is split into between 4 and 10 minute slots. If using this in the classroom, students could be provided with worksheets and background information then asked to look for particular answers whilst viewing the film.

The DVD contains additional resources in the form of a transcript of the film as well as additional questions, providing the teacher with starting points for analysis and discussion.

A worthy addition to the design office bookcase and one that goes a long way to supporting teachers in the classroom in teaching what can be difficult concepts.

Review, Just4Textiles, Autumn 2011

Suggested exam board specification links

AQA

   
GCSE D&T Textiles
GCE D&T Product Design (Textiles)
     

Edexcel

   
GCSE D&T  Textiles
     

OCR

   
GCSE D&T Textiles
     

WJEC

   
GCSE D&T  Textiles

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