Kula, a student in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, and Nguyen, a student in the Beedie School of Business, pointed out some of the issues in the textile industry, including use of non-biodegradable synthetic materials and unethical labour practices, as well as the high volume of clothing and textile waste in our society.
“Clothes are an essential human need, and as a consumerist society, we go through clothing at unparalleled rates,” they explained. “Yet, there is an underwhelming lack of education surrounding environmentally sustainable practices for clothing.”
Aiming to address that lack of awareness and education, the team of students designed and published a children’s book that brings these issues to the forefront. The story of Jordan and the Magic Cape offers children and their parents the opportunity to learn together about clothing production and the importance of textile recycling.