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Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty Perfect Paperback – December 24, 2008


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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (December 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081186524X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811865241
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Summer Rayne Oakes is a Udall environmental scholar, National Wildlife Federation Fellow, and United Nations U.S. Partnership Youth Emissary. Based in New York City, she travels the world modeling eco fashions, writing on sustainable style, and speaking on sustainable design and environmental activism.

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Overall, this was a great reference book and I did enjoy it.
Bladen's Mommy
The person who will spend a lot on fashion and wants to feel good about their purchases will be happy to hear about companies to buy from.
ChristineMM
It is well put together and easy to understand - would make a good table book or a fun book to look through.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kitten Kisser VINE VOICE on July 30, 2009
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I guess in trying to be more environmentally friendly the book was made in a different sort of "hard cover" with no dust jacket, yet it has flaps like a dust jacket. It's like a flexible cardboard rather than a hard cover. Yet the book stinks of a weird chemical smell that hardly seems natural. Also the book is made in CHINA where else???
The author opens you up to a whole bunch of manufactures in the green biz. From clothing to personal care. Not everything is organic. It is based on more than that. Upcycling, recycling, organic, sustainable practices and the like. Some of the fashions are downright hideous (in my opinion) and very expensive. If you have the money to burn, and you like the fashion then hell yea spend it on something good for the earth that doesn't promote child labor & tearing down rain forests!
There is a section on personal care that could really use some work. Sure this stuff is way the heck better than the conventional poisons out there, but don't kid yourself, this stuff isn't perfect either! Rather than trusting her (the authors) judgement/opinion on these types of products, you would do much better to make your own educated decisions about what you put on your skin by visiting skin deep at[...].
The very back of the book has a section dedicated to all the different sources for all the topics she mentions. I find this is great because I can review these companies at my leisure. This section makes it easy to find the type of companies you are looking for.
I love the premise of the book & what it stands for. If you need some help in the sustainable/organic industry, then you would do well to get this book. It is also a great source of inspiration for creating sustainable products yourself! I will keep this on the bookshelf & use this as a reference but continue to make my own decisions & not simply follow the authors suggestions.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. E VINE VOICE on June 16, 2009
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Foremost, let me note that this expansive text has some ability to educate those completely unfamiliar with eco-friendly health/beauty/fashion products. Likewise, it is a lovely presentation of the more obvious products currently available (some of which are of questionable origin/quality). Those interested in educating themselves in this lifestyle can purchase this text (but a trip around the internet would prove more effective). However, if you are already invested in this lifestyle, you may find this book a rehash of everything you learned (and possibly disliked) in your first month of exploration.

For example: Oakes pushes the Burt's Bees line (found in every pharmacy/grocery-store/Wal-Mart). (And, I must admit, I LOVE their lip-balm!) But there are better choices for health/beauty products (ones which use fewer animal-based ingredients and less plastic). It may take more effort to locate these products (which is probably why Oakes elected to feature the Burt's Bees line), but you'll ultimately feel better about your choice. Moreover, if you are a lover of Sephora (as I am), check-out their organic/natural section (many of the product have biodegradable packaging! Even the lipstick tubes!)

Finally, Oakes' approach to eco-friendly fashion is a little too "boho" (bohemian/"hippie") for my taste. (Which will possibly lead many readers to resent the text ... and see it as a painful stereotype). As a professional woman, I'm not particularly interested in carrying a handbag crafted from old food cartons or tires. (Though I find the concept amusing). The text insinuates that "sophistication" and "eco-friendly" are incompatible -- simply not true. Moreover, I am equally as concerned about the products that Oakes touts ...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 27, 2009
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I chose to read this book as I was most curious about issues with the clothing industry and how the manufacture process may be bad for the human workers or the Earth. I already know a lot about the issues with ingredients of personal care products and makeup.

Overall I feel this book is a very good attempt to bring a blend of information, some important and some more "feel good" information to a reader who may not already know this information. This book will inform readers a LITTLE BIT on the topics. The book handles the topics lightly. The author does not over-burden the reader by inciting anger or fear.

As the subtitle states, this is a SHOPPING GUIDE and it is worth mentioning that it does not steer the reader toward Do-It-Yourself projects such as encouraging readers to make their own soap, shampoo and skin care products.

Good to know also is the products and clothing in the book are for women and teenagers. This book does not have too much in the way of men's personal care products (except where gender neutral items can cross over). Also the book does not cover the growing market for green baby and children products and clothing.
Some shortcomings are that the author recommends toothpastes but never explains the health risks or issues related to SLS in toothpaste (a special concern as if swallowed it has different implications as when SLS is in shampoo or hand soap). The big fluoride in toothpaste controversy is entirely absent. Also missing from the discussions are the issues chemicals that act as phyto estrogens which is especially an issue for young girls and boys and for women in peri-menopause (the dozen or so years before menopause).

An omission in the laundering clothes section was bothersome.
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