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Green Is the New Black [Hardcover]

Tamsin Blanchard
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30 Aug 2007

For girls who care about global warming, and next season's hot looks, Green is the New Black is a must-have accessory.

Does our shopping addiction contribute to climate change? What's so special about organic cotton? Who are the real fashion victims behind the £3 jeans?

From the truth about fast fashion to the best biodegradable shoes, from guilt-free spending sprees to the joys of swishing parties, Tamsin Blanchard is your guide to all things fairtrade and fabulous. She explains the principles of ethical fashion, from why it matters to how to do it. Offers tips for the aspiring green goddess: including how to knit your own scarf, seduction in eco-couture, the best places to shop for vintage sunglasses, and ethical bling. And includes fun facts and essential directories on every aspect of sustainable stylish living.

With fashion secrets from celebrity friends, Green is the New Black is the chicest, greenest survival manual around. If you want to change the world, and your wardrobe, don't go shopping without it.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (30 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340954302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340954300
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 14.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully presented, practical and very readable - it would make a great present!" -- Hippy

"This book is full of stylish ideas to wake-up your creative but ethically aware mortal. From vintage to swapping parties to simply buying quality pieces that will last, there's advice from leading designers and a forward by model du jour Lily Cole."

-- Fashion

"Unless you've been living under a rock, you can't have failed to notice that green issues are all the rage. But green has changed. It's not all muesli and Jesus sandals, oh no, green is now glamorous. We love Tamsin Blanchard's Green is the New Black." -- Trashionista

"A great new read, all about why green is suddenly becoming the new black ... it promises to show us style will save us all."
-- Catwalk

"The beauty of this book is that she weaves green, environmental principles and girlie fashion tips together in a lively and accessible way for a mass market." --

'A must-read'
-- Vogue

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Saving the world in high heels (and hemp knickers), the first manual for the conscientious fashionista

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Mar 2008
I bought this book on holiday, and have returned to the UK full of good intentions to start revisting my local charity shops and making more presents for my friends and family. The book is a pleasure to read - it actually manages to shake off the 'knit your own yogurt' reputation often attributed to crafts, and shows the many ways in which approaching fashion from an ethical and sustainable point of view can result in a great degree of personal style.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
At last - a stylish and beautifully produced book for anyone who loves fashion but has a conscience too. It is far more than just a compedium of where to buy ethically produced clothes (although the author has searched far and wide to list dozens of producers and designers). It also tells you how you can shop ethically on the high street, how you can create your own DIY style, even how to organise a clothes 'swishing' (swapping) party with your friends. The book is lively and informative enough to be read cover to cover or it can be used as a reference book for specific topics. It is fun and definitely stays the right side of 'preachy'. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green Chic 21 Sep 2007
By Min
I loved this book, it is huge fun! While it takes a thoughtful look at'ethical consumerism and fashion' It is in no way stuffy or boring. Istill got my 'fashion fix.'

The book is full of gossipy bits e.g. Anya Hindmarch, 'Confessions of abag lady', tips on recipes for cosmetics balanced with, what isavailable to buy, if you can't resist the glossy packaging.

In the section for DIY Style,I really fancy trying to make the Alexander McQueen Kimono Jacket . I do have some old kimonos which I can't throwaway but wouldn't mind recycling. Even if you have limited sewing
abilities, you will be inspired to make something of your own. I'm now collecting bits of junk to make a necklace with!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Stop For Sustainable Fashion Info!!! 5 Jan 2008
I absolutely loved this book! It took me less than a week to read and that's with 2 jobs and uni work to do too!!

It is hugely informative but not preachy, filled with little tasks and projects to do at home, a wealth of company information and resources too! Plus gives you tons of contacts of "ethical" designers/business that you iht not of heard about before! It has proved invaluable for the research of my upcoming university Final Collection (which is on sustainable fashion) and for my new job at TRAIDremade!

Plus I love Lilly Cole now! :o )
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