When people in the West throw their clothes away, their cast-offs might go on a journey east, across the oceans, to Panipat in northern India, where they are recycled back into yarn.
In the short movie "Unravel", filmmaker Meghna Gupta follows the path of hundreds of pounds of discarded clothing all the way to India. In this film we meet some of the garment recyclers, who are curious about the people who threw away their clothes ‘practically unworn’. With little exposure to Western culture other than the Discovery Channel, the garment recyclers rely on their imagination and the rumours that travel with the cast-offs to create an an intriguing perspective on the West.
You can see "Unravel" with your class to introduce the issues around consumption and global connections.