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Summer Oakes :: The Eco-Model Making A Difference

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snipshot_1i0fpksh3g.jpgSummer Oakes is not your average model. Her direction in the fashion world has set her apart from her constituients. Why? Oakes only models clothing made from organic or recycled materials. Grist recently put together a nice bio on Oakes and her amibitions in the eco-world. You can get the full scoop here, but a little taste can be found below:

“For Oakes, that message is clear. She says the $400 billion global textile industry’s reliance on pesticides, herbicides, and toxic dyes is a significant, underreported environmental and health problem. She also cites the 40 million people employed in clothing trades, many working for pittances in developing nations. While eco-activists seldom mention it, Oakes believes that fashion ‘offers exceptionally good opportunities to talk about environmental and ecological issues, as well as fair trade and labor standards.’ Addressing such a staggering situation, she says, requires that consumers — and not just the crunchy ones — understand the connection between the shirts on their backs and larger issues.”

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