Lesson: What If We Stopped Buying New Clothes?

Lesson

Have a look at some of these real world materials and go along with the lessons to improve your English.

Delve into the “köpskam” movement in Sweden, addressing the environmental impact of the textile industry. Explore our English learning resource to listen and read about this initiative encouraging a shift from compulsive shopping to embracing secondhand clothing. Engage with language exercises, fostering awareness and vocabulary related to sustainable consumer choices.

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What If We Stopped Buying New Clothes?

What If We Stopped Buying New Clothes?

Take a listen to the article, and take some notes on what it is about and any information you hear.

 

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What was the article about?

What If We Stopped Buying New Clothes?

Take a listen and a read of the article and take some notes before clicking next and answering some questions. You can come back and listen anytime. If you want to test yourself, go on without reading and see if you can answer the questions. Also, you can have a look at the questions and come back and take another listen.

The textile industry is one of the most polluting sectors worldwide, using 93 billion cubic liters of water a year and emitting 10 percent of
annual global carbon emissions.

That's why the "köpskam" (shame of buying) movement got underway in Sweden in the second half of 2019. It follows the "flyskam" movement, the shame of flying, using a polluting plane as a mode of transport. However, "köpskam" isn't about blaming the consumers, but about inviting us to rethink our ways of consuming. It aims to convince us to give up compulsive shopping for new garments and opt for second-hand clothing instead.

 

Vocabulary:

Got underway - Started

Second-hand - used again after someone is finished with an item

Emitting - releasing pollution

garments - clothes

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According to the article, which of the following is true?

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"Köpskam"__________

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Which of the following is an action that represents the "Köpskam" movement?

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Fill in the gaps: Garments, Second-hand, emitting, compulsive, got underway

What If We Stopped Buying New Clothes?

The textile industry is one of the most polluting sectors worldwide, using 93 billion cubic liters of water a year and 10 percent of
annual global carbon emissions.

That's why the "köpskam" (shame of buying) movement in Sweden in the second half of 2019. It follows the "flyskam" movement, the shame of flying, using a polluting plane as a mode of transport. However, "köpskam" isn't about blaming the consumers, but about inviting us to rethink our ways of consuming. It aims to convince us to give up shopping for new and opt for clothing instead.

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