unep unesco youthXchange - towards sustainable lifestyles
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Planet Earth is facing a severe global crisis. Inefficient consumption and production patterns are putting an unbearable strain on our planet. youthxchange is designed to help trainers and individuals to understand and communicate on sustainable lifestyles.
respecting our bodies looking for a place social belonging
packaging yourself carrying the torch pay the right price
awakening your soul clean up your fun looking ahead
  packaging yourself Our appearance is in many cases what we suggest of ourselves to others…

fashion victim
 > logo, no-logo
 > powerful media
 > packaged by culture
 > health & glamour

looking cool & fair
 > sweatshops
 > child labour
 > nature on catwalk
 > watch the label

less stuff, more value
 > sustainable design
 > reusing & recycling
 > wearing high-tech

What does fashion mean? What’s behind the fashion industry? Fashion is often associated with glamour and being cool but it is more than this... Take a glance at our FACTS & FIGURES to discover the hidden costs your new trendy T-shirt might include: the environmental impact of [pesticide consumption] for [textile fibre] production; the social consequences of unethical apparels production such as [child labour] and sweatshops that lurk [behind textiles]. Sustainable fashion is above all a question of creativity. Go to the DEP’T STORE to discover that it is very much possible to be ‘nice & wise’, conjugating social activism and business [made in dignity]; buying clothes and accessories that are nice, comfortable and respectful of the environment [wear your soda!]. Still sceptical? Let’s go for a walk through the JOBS section. Here the [eblood] founder will tell you how it’s possible to support animal rights while producing a successful, stylish clothing line. If you dream of making children’s rights your profession, you must absolutely go to read about the great job being done by [global march]! Talking about fashion, we can’t forget the major influencing role played by mass media and how important it is to make – as consumers – informed choices… That’s why the TRAINER’S ROOM suggests classwork on [role models & body stereotypes] and on [reading textile labels]. So, why not go shopping and try to choose the most sustainable products with the [to buy or not to buy?] game in the TEST & PLAY section? You will discover that, after all, being sustainable is not that difficult!
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