Category Archives: Social Alterations – Curricula

Test your knowledge! And track fast fashion with this interactive Africa study map

How well do you know your geography when it comes to Africa? Unfortunately, many of us need to study up.

This online tool could be a great addition to learning activities on fast fashion supply chains – specifically on second-hand trade.

Add this tool to:

via Africa is a Country

Africa Study Map

Mind Map: Understanding Cause & Consequence [classroom ready worksheets]



When attempting to better understand any issue, there are two very important questions to consider:

1. Why does the issue exist?

2. What will happen if the issue persists?

With Nadira’s tried and tested mind-map formula, we’ve build four template worksheets for you to download for use in your own classrooms, using themes from each station in our SAGE module. Click on a theme to be taken to a page where you can view and download the worksheet:

To get you started, Nadira’s done a sample map, investigating the cause and consequence of increases in price of cotton clothing. Nadira’s mind map (imaged below) is included as the example for each of the worksheets and available to download and/or print as a hand-out (Page 2).

Let us know how you make out!

Welcome to the lab…

Social Alterations is a learning hub for responsible fashion. In the lab you’ll find lesson plans, activities, workshops, games, etc., all for… free! What’s the catch?

Well, if you want to learn with us, you’ve got to get serious about the social and ecological impacts of the fashion industry. Our education modules will do more than get you started, they’ll motivate you to inspire change.





 The #GET Stage

 The #MAKE Stage

 The #BUY Stage

The #TOSS Stage

Lesson 1:

Sifting Through the ‘Ecofashion’ Lexicon


Lesson 2:

Key Players

Lesson 3:

Global Governance and the Corporation

Lesson 4:

Corporate Social Responsibility


Fashion High:

Understanding the Impact of your Clothing

[Pre-16 Workshop]


Fibre Analysis:

Possible Social and Environmental Impacts

LEARN // Social Alterations Google Earth Module (SAGE) – #GET Station

Welcome to the #GET Station, the 1st stop along the SAGE journey!

Here, we fly into Uzbekistan to gain insight into key #GET themes:

#Corruption | #EnvironmentalSecurity | #ChildLabour | #HumanRights

Part 1: You’ll learn why United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the Aral Sea“one of the worst environmental disasters of the world.” (The United Nations)

Thanks to historic satellite imagery, we’ve created a ‘tour’ that will display changes in water volume over the last 40 years.

Part 2: You’ll learn why ‘back to school’ is code for ‘back to the cotton fields’ in Uzbekistan.

Like all SAGE stations, you’ll find photos, video, informational resources (below)

and learning activities, here.

Click here to download and launch the SAGE module in Google Earth


What is the SAGE module?

How do I use Google Earth?

Connect // Key Players Directory


Without a doubt, a key component of our SAGE module is the Key Players Map, by Maughan Pearce

There are countless key players working toward responsible fashion across global apparel supply chains. This ‘sampling’ of key players will help you understanding social, political, environmental and economic contexts. Click on a key player to reach out and connect!

Within the map, ‘Key Players’ are grouped by topic:

#CSR | #EducationalInitiatives | #Environment #HumanRights | #LabourRights#Research |  #ResponsibleFashionWeeks | #ResponsibleSourcing | #Students&Academics | #Unions

Click here to download and launch the SAGE module in Google Earth


What is the SAGE module?

How do I use Google Earth?

Key Players Map by Maughan Pearce for Social Alterations, is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


SAGE: The Social Alterations Google Earth Module

Welcome to SAGE, the Social Alterations Google Earth module!

Each station along the SAGE module represents a small window into the vast, diverse and interdisciplinary world of conventional global apparel supply chains by introducing learners (educators and independent learners alike) to an edited sampling of resources, including classroom-ready learning activities (worksheets, study guides, lesson plans, etc.).

Through SAGE, we’ve sought to harnesses interdisciplinary resources and facilitate responsible learning to strengthen industry capacity for research in responsible apparel.

The short introduction video (below) outlines what you can expect form the module; we’ve broken it down into four key stations:


Each key station comes equipped with placecards (so you’ll know where you are!), photos, videos, resources and learning activities – use the legend to guide you!

The SAGE Module was developed by Mary Hanlon, Nadira Lamrad and Maughan Pearce, with a big thank you to the team at Google Earth Outreach for their training and support.

Ready to get started? Happy learning, friends!

Click here to launch the SAGE module in Google Earth

WAIT! Not sure how Google Earth works?

1. If you’re new to Google Earth and you’re really not sure, click here: How do I use Google Earth?

1. If you’re ready to get started, click the link above to download the program file (this is a safe kmz file)

2. When the file opens in Google Earth, it will automatically be sent to your ‘Temporary Places.’ Expand the folder and ‘Save to My Places.’

3.  Before getting started, be sure to turn on/off  ‘Layers’ by de/selecting each box (but we recommend leaving 3D Buildings and Photos on, for fun.)

4. If you’d prefer not to use Google Earth to retrieve these resources, just select the stations from the left-hand rail.






SAGE, a Learning Resource by Mary Hanlon, Nadira Lamrad and Maughan Pearce, for Social Alterations, is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Interactive lesson plans educate learners on responsible fashion

The Creative Commons is embedded into our responsible education ethos; we have researched and aggregated content to create educational resources because we believe that accessibility leads to accountability. Of course knowledge is power, but without access to knowledge we will not move forward.

In 2009 we brought you “[Lesson 1] Sifting through the ‘Ecofashion’ Lexicon” and our “Fibre Analysis”. In 2010 we worked further to bringing you lessons on the social, cultural, economic and environmental interdisciplinary challenges facing the value system that is the global apparel supply chain.

Social Alterations 2010 //

[Lesson 4] Corporate Social Responsibility

[Lesson 3] Global Governance and the Corporation

[Lesson 2] Connect // Key Players

[Fashion High] Understanding the Impact of your Clothing (pre-16 learners)

Social Alterations 2009 //


[Lesson 1] Sifting through the ‘Ecofashion’ Lexicon

Fibre Analysis

Check out this how to on navigating our site:

Social Alterations 2010 // Program Guide from Social Alterations on Vimeo.

TEACH// Fun Workshops for Pre-16 Learners: [Fashion High] Understanding the Impact of your Clothing


Fashion High @ Balmoral Jr. Secondary School from Social Alterations on Vimeo.

On Earth Day, SA stepped back into the classroom to introduce Grade 8 students to the social and environmental impacts of fashion.

We have collated our favorite activities from Teaching Sustainable Fashion: A Handbook for Educators as well as developed our own exercises to create two workshops for pre-16 learners.

These workshops hope to engage, educate, encourage and empower both educator and learner to get involved with the issues. Each workshop provides resources and tools to help lessen the impact of the fashion industry on both people and planet.

We’ve put together this video of the 1 Hour workshop in action, so that you may get a better picture on how this might work in your classroom.


This workshop was designed to introduce pre-16 students/participants the value of a responsible fashion industry, by understanding the impact our clothing has on both people and planet.


  • To engage students/participants on the impact their clothing has on garment workers working within the fashion industry.
  • To educate students/participants on the impact their clothing has on the planet, specifically in terms of best practices in laundry habits.
  • To encourage students/participants to ‘talk back’ to the industry, through a critical examination of fashion themes coming out of the industry, specifically surrounding beauty and wealth.
  • To empower learners to take back control of the impact their clothing on both people and planet.

For more information on these activities, please visit the ‘Works Cited’ page at the end of each workshop.

* If you are planning to use this lesson, please let us know so that we may keep track of our programming.*

** Please ask your students to complete the online feedback forms**

[Fashion High] Understanding the Impact of your Clothing: An Introduction by Social Alterations is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada License.

Click on the links below to download the workshops:

[Fashion High] Understanding the Impact of your Clothing: An Introduction, 1 Hour Workshop

Download here: Fashion High – 1HourWorkshop

[Fashion High] Understanding the Impact of your Clothing: An Introduction, 2 Hour Workshop

Download here: Fashion High – 2HourWorkshop