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Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty Perfect Paperback – December 24, 2008
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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.
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 ...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I didn't find much value in this book. Chapters one (Eco-Fashion 101) and two (Clothing and Accessories) touched very lightly on some information, but I felt like they were mostly... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by MellyMel
I wasn't sure what to expect from Style, Naturally, but I collect fashion books and want to be more eco-friendly, so was eager to give it a try. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Amy Henley
For people who are new to green, Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty, is a nice starting point. Read morePublished on November 6, 2009 by Norma Lehmeierhartie
Summer lives in this space...she doesn't just talk it. I met Summer a few years ago and decided that because she had both the science and the art behind what she was saying, her... Read morePublished on October 16, 2009 by Jana Hawley
This book is a nice collection of what the eco fashion market has to offer today.Published on September 11, 2009 by Keana Okuda
As much as many of us try to do little things to support the environment and natural resources, often it's difficult to replace products and accessories that have been a part of... Read morePublished on August 27, 2009 by Carol T.
I sent this one to my sister for her birthday and, even as a fashion guru, thought it was very interesting and helpful on occasion.Published on August 20, 2009 by Navy Sailor
The Green Movement has really taken hold and is getting noticed. Everyone is talking about green this or green up that...but I haven't heard much about how to be stylist and green. Read morePublished on July 28, 2009 by Deltareviewer
I got this for my daughter. She is a very green-minded person, plus she is starting up a vintage clothing store. She said it was a good book and found it helpful.Published on July 23, 2009 by pebbles