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Eco Chic: The Savvy Shoppers Guide to Ethical Fashion [Paperback]

Katherine Hamnett , Matilda Lee
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30 Nov 2007
The hottest trend on the catwalk is ethical clothing. Top fashion designers and spokesmodels including Katharine Hamnett, Stella McCartney and Bono's wife Ali Hewson are all voicing the benefits of eco chic. But what is this new fad, and what difference can it make to the world? "Eco Chic" gives you the full story on this fashion phenomenon, from which fabrics are harmful to the environment, to how you can create your own eco-friendly fashions through recycling and savvy shopping. You will discover how to spot and avoid garments produced in sweatshops and why supermarket 'fast clothes' make both you and the planet sick. This book will allow you to look great but also feel good about your impact on other people and the planet as a whole.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gaia Books Ltd (30 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856752895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856752893
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book provides essential information about how we consume and how
our clothes will help decide the future of our planet" - Katharine Hamnett
-- Book Review

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Foreword by Katharine Hamnett, leading fashion designer and ethical clothing pioneer Provides DIY fashion tips that are trendy, ethical and affordable Expert author who has produced ethical fashion booklets for London Fashion Week and ethical clothing directories

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover.... 24 Mar 2008
I bought this after buying "Green Is The New Black" by Tamsin Blanchard and thought nothing could top it and was a little put of by the cover and cheesy title, I hate everything labeled as "Chic"!

I was wrong! This book is fantastic!!

It has helped with my dissertation and has changed the way I shop, buy, design, dye fabrics etc etc! To date it is the best fashion book I have ever read, so informative, easily read, very addictive, covers everything - dates, places, names and faces! FANTASTIC!!!

I HIGHLY Recommend to all!

I wonder if Kate Fletchers "Sustainable Fashion and Textiles" book will top it?!? It arrives tomorrow so will let you know.......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential read 1 May 2014
By mariap
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The book itself is a great read for any fashion/ethics/etc enthusiast, however, I did not realise until now that they have sent me the Uncorrected Proof Copy.

"This uncorrected advance proof is provided on a confidential basis and may not be sold or otherwise circulated. the appearance and contents of this proof is subject to change and may not resemble the finished book. Under no circumstances may it or any of its contents be reproduced without the publisher's consent."

The only reason this has "disturbed" me is because I can't help but wonder whether I'm missing out on any vital information regarding the topic or whether they have any factual errors in there.

Other than that - delivery was super quick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We should all know these facts 30 Jan 2014
By Jeannie
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I thought this was a very thought provoking book that more people should read. By buying cheap clothes from supermarkets we are endorsing slave labour and planet pollution.
If we buy cheap we have a throwaway attitude and most of this stuff ends up on landfill.
We should prioritise recycling and make charity shops more classy
All power to the elbows of the designers who are staking a stand on this and aiming for a more ethical industry
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 20 July 2014
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Not really what I expected - but a few good contact addresses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of ethical clothing 20 Jun 2008
By Grant Young - Published on
This book doesn't pretend that eco-fashion (or ethical clothing) is going to save the world. It does, however, touch on the key issues facing the fashion industry and outlines some of the efforts to overcome them.

It is a timely reminder how little the industry has progressed overall, but does show that progress is being made and momentum is building.

Although it is someone UK-centric, the book does cover a lot of ground - from organic cotton and wool to eco-synthetics, dying and printing techniques, recycling & swap meets. It also examines the social impacts of the industry (sweatshop labour, globalisation etc.) - don't let the "eco" in the title fool you.

The directory at the back contains a goldmine of pointers to sites related to the topic. And it also contains many interesting and useful statistics and factoids for anyone interested in the field for study or starting a business.
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