Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe
While I strongly agree with Greta Eagan's argument that we need to be more mindful about the clothing we purchase, Wear No Evil disappointed me. It covered too many topics and didn't explore the nuances of each topic. I'd treat this more as a guide book with lists of eco-friendly brands (useful in its own right!) than a book providing cogent arguments to the wavering or unconvinced about greening your wardrobe.
The author reveals the cost of cheap clothes, addressing sweat shops, slave labor, the effects of dyes, waste, and more. Outlining the outrageous problem that is fast fashion, the author also includes sources and a solid plan (called the Integrity Index) to beat the system while still dressing our best in a moral, eco ...more
p.13 – Every day we make two decisions that have an enormous impact on the world around us: what to eat and what to wear.
p.14 – Before the 1900s most people had a handful of garments in their closets that were constantly being repaired and passed down. Even in the twenties the average middle-class American woman had nine outfits (total, each year) that she would lovingly care for and weak week after week.
It wasn’t until the 1950s and 1960s that income and adv ...more
The beginning, when the discussion is about where our clothing comes from and what chemicals and problems we should be aware of, is quite good. But then it devolves into wardrobe advice, brand recommendations, etc. and, well, that's a quick route to an DNF for me. Plus? Not enough on consignment shops, Goodwill/Salvation Army stores and the like.
The beginning of the book is when cold hard facts are present to ...more
It is true that more often than not the exsmples she gives are not applicable to most readers bu ...more
Would have liked some discussion of the up and coming sustainability policies of some of the larger stores. A bit of talk about H&M, but it was limited.
Overall a good book, but written at a bit of a higher level than affordable fashion.
Good intro i ...more
I'm in the fashion industry so there was very valuable information for me including tons of book references for me to dive into the topic even further. The first two chapters appealed to my professional side and I would probably assume they were very boring to a casual reader. The women's fashion section was somewhat interesting (as women make up 70% of my cus ...more
I like the author's approach to eco-shopping -- style needs to be one of the motivating factors. Here's the rub for me. Too often, eco-style isn't in line with my personal style. I like a vintage look, but shopping secondhand isn't necessarily the best option, given that a f ...more
Once I got to the style section, however, I pretty much skimmed. Most of the tips were for a lifestyle far fancier than mine and the company recommendations were either out of my price range or don't make clothing in my size. Plus-size ladies like to be green too! (This message also goes out to companies who make hiking/o ...more