98% of the clothing sold in the United States in 2011 was imported. The amount of imported food has doubled since 2000 despite Americans attempt to purchase more food locally.
Why does this matter?
Have you ever thought about the people behind the labels or the farmers who grew your food? What is your connection to the people behind the products?
1. Choose ten items to place in your shopping cart. Keep track of the items you selected. (After you place each item in your shopping cart, read the information in the box on the left of the screen.)
2. After you check out, what percentage of your purchases were imported from other countries?
3. What are some of the consequences of purchasing food that has traveled great distances to reach the consumer (food miles)?
Where do your clothes come from?
Part II: Select your wardrobe/Fill your closet
1. Where did most of your clothing come from? (view the map)
Now, decide how you will make your jeans.
2 .How many pairs of jeans are made globally every year?
3. If you were a farmer, how would you grow your cotton? Explain the pros and cons of your choice.
4. Approximately how many gallons of water does it take to make one pair of jeans?
5. How will you use water and dye in making your jeans? Explain your choice.
6. Where will you sell your jeans? Explain the pros and cons of your choice.