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SCN 494- Sustainability Science for Teachers

This "sustainability for teachers" guide provides over 50 short videos and resources covering the main issues related to sustainability. These issues are: population, human needs, natural resources, water,recycling, equity, and much more. Enjoy it!


Concepts from the Online Resources listed below

  • Product Life cycle
  • Cradle to Grave 
  • Cradle to Cradle
  • Pollution
  • Solid Waste
  • Environmental Friendly Fabrics
  • Nonrenewable Resources
  • Recycling
  • Where Clothes come from
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • LEED certification
  • Green Companies 


Product Life Cycle Resources

- Sustainable Product Life Cycle 101 

a) UN Environment Program - Design for Sustainability

b) Cradle to Cradle framework

c) Buy, use, toss? a closer look at the things we buy

d) (PPT) Material resources: production and consumption

e) (PDF) Alcoa Aluminum lyfe cycle approach

- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Life cycle analysis of everyday objects

These series of posters targeted to middle school students provide simple illustrations and explanations about the product life cycle - from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important.

a) The Life cycle of a CD

b) Life cycle of a cell phone

c) The Life cycle of a soccer ball


Example of Sustainable Products and their Product Life Cycle

- Levi Strauss Path to Sustainability

These series of web resources from Levi introduce several initiatives they have to make jeans more sustainable and make the process of producing jeans more transparent for the general public. The material is very interesting and visually appealing.

a) Life cycle of a pair of jeans

b) Environmental impact of producing different Levi's jeans

c) Levi relationship with cotton

d) (PDF) Levi's 501 jean (cradle to crave) study

e) Levi's water<less jean

- Patagonia Sustainable Conscious Company

These series of articles and educational tools provide an overview Patogonia's product life cycle and how they make their product sustainable

a) Patagonia's footprint chronicles

b) Designing hiking boots with a lighter footprint

c) Patagonia's common threads initiative

- Timberland Earthkeeping - protecting the outdoors by making green products

a) Every Timberland shoe carries a "nutrition label," just like one you'd see on your cereal box

b) Timberland Green Index

c) Environmental friendly materials and process

- H&M Bumpy Road to Incorporate Sustainability in their Clothing Line

a) H&M eco textiles Collection

b) Organic cotton fraud

More about Sustainable and Unsustainable Products

- Sustainable Clothing

a) List of sustainable clothing solutions

b) Fashion ethic

c) Sustainability: Fashion Forward

d) Fashion Ethic Blog

e) SustainU- American Recycled Apparel

f) REI launch 'Eco-Sensitive' labelling

- BBC TV Series - Tracing the Source of Clothes, Food, and Luxuries

a) Blood, sweat, and t-shirts

 b)  Blood, sweat, and takeaways

c) Blood, sweat, and luxuries


"Green" Companies

- List of companies with a Green agenda

a) Patagonia, b) Timberland, c) REI, d) American Apparel, e) Adidas, f) Nike, g) H&M, h) SustainU, i) IKEA, j) Baltix sustainable furniture, k) Spiritex organic clothing

- Green Award winning and runner-up  companies

a)  2011 Heart of Green Awards - List of nominees 

b) Green washington 2010 Winners

c) 2009 Green Washington Awards

d) Best of Green by Treehugger

e) Top 7 Green corporations of 2010

f) 7 Hot CEOs and their Cool Green Companies


Recycling & Pollution

- Recycling 101

These series of basic documents and web provide definitions, process and facts about the recycling different materials.

a) (PDF) Museum of Solid Waste and Energy (page 18 - 33)

b) EPA - Teachers: Composting and Recycling

c) Recycling 101 - Recyclo-pedia

d) Plastic 101: what you need to know

e) Recycling Facts

f) Terracycle : How it works

- Pollution

These short articles introduce the concepts of plastic pollution, cotton pesticides, and leather production issues

a) Plastic Pollution

b) The true cost of leather

c) Leather working group

d) Pick you cotton carefully

e) Better cotton initiative

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