This week the amazing Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. She is my favorite make-up expert, and I never buy a lipstick, blush or liner without checking our her site for recommendations. Quite simply, this lady is never wrong! Subscribe to her site to get all her wonderful advice.
April is Earth Month and Green is the New Black is the perfect book to review this week. At this point most of us are all too aware of environmental challenges like air pollution from cars, chemicals in the water supply, melting icecaps and dying bees. All bad news and mostly not under our control. Green is the New Black takes a micro view of our planet and shines a light on the way different ways fashion impacts our environment. For example I was blown away by the huge impact of a simple white tee shirt on the planet. From the water and pesticides used to grow the cotton to the pile up of discarded tees in our landfills, it is clear that clothing choices are part of the “green “dialogue.
Green is the New Black starts with an over view of what the author calls sustainable style. This means looking not only looking at the impact of every step of clothing production, but offering better options and alternatives. From buying vintage clothing on EBay to the designers and stores which use recycyled fabrics, this well researched book empowered me to be part of the solution. I loved the idea that my daily fashion choices could have a positive impact on the planet.
In addition to Ms Blanchard’s focus on natural and organic issues, she is a passionate supporter of the millions of low paid workers in the fashion industry. She details how the cheap fashions are funded by low wages and harsh conditions for the people that produced them. I was really happy to learn that organic farmers actually see a 50% increase in their income.
Good Looking Green Fashion
There is the perception that sustainable fashion means baggy, dull clothing and clumsy shoes, So. Not. True. From affordable lines form H & M, Urban Outfitters and Timberlands to designers like Stella McCartney, Ms Banchard details how to be a socially responsible fashionista.
One final thought- I bought my signed copy of Green is the New Black at an Oxfam shop in Islington. So perfect.