This 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
Wear 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.