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World Trends in Education for Sustainable Development

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Edited By Walter Leal Filho

It is widely acknowledged that sustainable development is a long-term goal, which both individuals and institutions (and countries!) need to pursue. This important theme is characterized by an intrinsic complexity, since it encompasses ecological or environmental considerations on the one hand, and economic matters, social influences and political frameworks on the other. This makes provisions in respect of education for sustainable development a particularly challenging task, but one which is feasible and achievable, provided the right elements are put into place. This book is an attempt to foster the cause of education for sustainable development, by documenting and disseminating experiences from different parts of the world, where learning for, about and through the principles of sustainability is taking place, in various sets and contexts, in both industrialized and developing nations. A special feature of this book is that it not only presents a wide range of philosophies, approaches, methods and analyses with respect to education for sustainable development across the world, but also documents and disseminates concrete case studies, which show how education for sustainable development may be realized in practice.

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Students Collaborate to Develop Educational Green-Clothing Label

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Hae Jin Gam, Yoon Jin Ma, Elizabeth Ciaccio Abstract Purpose: Increasing consumer awareness of environmental degradation resulting from the textile and apparel industry is vitally important to making corrective efforts to promote more environmentally friendly products. Green labels for textile and apparel products could aid consumers in making environmentally responsible purchasing decisions. The purpose of this project was to develop an informative green label that outlines the impact of a product on the environment, to help inform the consumer considering buying the product. Approach: This project was conducted in collaboration with university students, employing a three-stage design process as a framework. To develop an informa- tive green label prototype, different aspects of sustainability in the apparel indus- try were identified; from these, the six symbols conveying the critical aspects of sustainability were developed. Focus group discussions were utilized to obtain preliminary consumer comments on the label and symbol design prototype. Findings: Six easy-to-read symbols and a clear label layout for prototypes I and II were created. Content analysis of the focus group discussions provided valua- ble insights into participants’ opinions about prototype I. Participants agreed that implementation of standardized symbols and explanations on sustainable apparel products would evoke a more positive reaction from consumers. Originality/value: Just like the nutrition facts and ingredients description on a food package, our proposed apparel label includes customized information on how the contents of a specific product and its production process impact the environment and the people in it. Introduction An eco-labeling system would allow...

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