Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis  week the host of Fashion Flash is Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai.  Its no secret that I am not a big fan of exercise.  Mirabai who has no less than three degrees and four certifications in the field is one of the very few people  who can  motivate me to move.  Even if its  been years  since  you went to a gym,  Mirabai developed an amazing series of chair based moves.  She has designed exercise routines for cardiac patients that  have to be seen to be believed. And her bone building routines should be mandatory for every women over 45.  She is that good.

Fashion Flash Book Review:  Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan

Fashion FLash Book ReviewWear No Evil  is that rare book that stays with you long after you put it down. Its is  a “fashion reboot” that combines the style with ethics without sacrificing either.   It not only opened my eyes to the  impact the fashion industry  has on the environment  around the globe,  it offers great  style ideas. It opens with an overview of the impact the fashion production has on our planet For example:

*  It  takes 700 gallones of water to make one tee shirt.  Given the ginormous numbers of tee shirts produced annually,  just this one item uses 100 million gallons  of water annually.

* Jeans takes 1800 gallons of water  per pair.

*Each year Americans  throw out 13.1 million tons of clothing that wind up in landfills.  Even more troubling, more than 95% of this clothing  could have been recycled, but now   just adds to already overflowing landfills

* The leather industry is responsible  for   the slaughter of 1 billion animals.

*  Each year approximately $2 billion worth of chemicals are sprayed on cotton crops, half of which are chemicals  that have been designated toxic by The World Health organization.

That’s the bad news.  The good news is that Wear No Evil explains  how to be a fashionista with harming the planet.   This entertaining book explains  how to  find eco-friendly clothing and toiletries to fit every budget.  For example she  is a huge fan of thrifing  which is a perfect and affordable  way to recycle the natural resources that have gone into  each piece of clothing.  If you  have a  nice big trust fund,  you will happy to learn  that Stella McCartney  is a totally  planet frindly design house.

Wear No Evil lists dozens of brands that  are eco friendly to  both your health and that  of the planet.  Donna Karen, Patagonia and 7 for all Mankind  are  “eco waarriors  when it comes  to environmentally fashion.  Other brands  like H&M and Levi’s  has separate  earth friendly lines.

Putting It All Together

What makes this book  worth a spot on my crowded book shelves is how she  combines the enviromental scince part with great, easy fashion advice.  She offers  totally doable  looks  for  occasions that range from a  job interview  to a wedding  and from a  picnic to an industry event– and using items that most of us already have in our drawers and closets.  The author, Greta Egan is the founder of the popular FashionmeGreen blog.  It was new to me and now I am a big fan.



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