Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty

Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty

by Kate Black


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Non-toxic beauty products and eco-fashion to help you be magnifeco!

In the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh—the worst garment industry accident in recorded history—the words "fashion disaster" acquired a new and much more sinister meaning. Commentators suggested that the tragedy was completely predictable in a sector with a shocking track record of rampant environmental damage, the use of toxic chemicals, and chronic human rights abuse.

Now the industry is undergoing a shift, and many of us are questioning our buying habits. The rise of socially and environmentally responsible retailers like Patagonia and The Body Shop has led to dramatic changes in the eco and ethical fashion landscape. Magnifeco is the Fast Food Nation of the fashion world—your guide to making a difference too. In this guide, author Kate Black:

  • Examines non-toxic beauty and ethical fashion
  • Recommends a multitude of ways for consumers to make better decisions
  • Introduces the brands and designers leading the way along this socially responsible path.

With this complete head-to toe guide covering everything from hair and beauty products to shoes and footwear, you can feel better about everything you put on your body and be— magnifeco!

Kate Black is the founder and editor-in-chief of, the digital source for eco-fashion and sustainable living. She has lived and worked in the major fashion centers of the world, has written over 1,000 articles about designers and ethical fashion, and speaks regularly at regional and national green living events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865717978
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,131,077
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kate Black has lived and worked in the major fashion centers of the world and written over 1,000 articles about designers and ethical fashion from her decidedly global perspective. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of, the digital source for eco-fashion and sustainable living. Kate is also the founder of EcoSessions, a global platform bringing together designers, industry, and consumers to discuss change. She is regularly featured on the Huffington Post and is highly in demand as a speaker on ethical fashion at regional and national green living events.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Beauty 3

Chapter 2 Clothing 53

Chapter 3 Special Occasions 97

Chapter 4 Jewelry 117

Chapter 5 Outerwear 135

Chapter 6 Underwear 149

Chapter 7 Shoes and footwear 159

Chapter 8 Handbags 181

Chapter 9 Cleaning, Tending and Mending 191

Acknowledgments 199

Bibliography 201

Endnotes 205

Index 223

About the Author 233

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Kate Black's Magnifeco is a wonderful and relevant book that we need to reference whenever we go shopping! Full of information on complex issues, Magnifeco identifies the problems in beauty and fashion products with clarity and a sense of purpose. Most importantly, Kate provides hope and real-life solutions that we can all act upon. Magnifeco helps us (fashionistas and shoppers alike!) make better choices in our shopping decisions and discover brands that are doing it better. A phenomenal resource for our #buybetter toolbox."
— Amber Valletta, fashion icon, actress, and founder, Master & Muse

"A powerful case for change combined with a much-needed guide to buying into the kind of future we simply must create. In Magnifeco, Kate offers a useful guide to anyone interested in aligning their values to choices we make every day. A stirring invitation to a life beyond mindless consumption and the enormous potential we each hold for good."
— Andrew Morgan, director, The True Cost

"Finally, a book that cuts through the noise and shows us exactly how to shop ethically and sustainably, from our hair and makeup down to the shoes on our feet."
— Elizabeth L. Cline, author, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

"Want to be an environmentalist but look hip and fashionable while you're marching? Kate Black's Magnifeco is the most comprehensive buyer's guide I have seen yet."
— Colin Beavan, No Impact Man

"In today's world, where we cannot always be guaranteed transparency when it comes to the products we are buying and brands we support, this book is a thoroughly researched and refreshing resource. It is all you need to know when it comes to protecting yourself, the planet, and your unique sense of style!"
— Anna Griffin, publisher and editor-in-chief, Coco Eco magazine

"The Magnifeco blog has been a consistent and reliable point of reference for the sustainable fashion community, and Kate Black is a compulsive sharer of information, a curator of thoughts, unafraid to throw anything into the mix. She has been conducting articulate and relevant conversations on the topic of ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry, and this book is a powerful condensation of her experience and observations. The definitive guide on how and why we should shop more responsibly, this book will make the journey to alternative buying both more compelling and more elevant."
— Orsola de Castro, co-founder, Fashion Revolution Day

"Kate Black's breadth of knowledge — and passion — make this book a must-read for anyone interested in where our future is inexorably headed: a new industry standard of ethical, sustainable fashion and nontoxic beauty. A smart, lively, eye-opening guide to what we all need to know about what we put on our bodies every single day."
— Rona Berg, editor-in-chief, Organic Spa Magazine

"Kate Black's new book is beyond MAGNIFECO ! Unveiling the human and environmental impacts of the fashion and beauty industries, her comprehensive and important array of explanations, resources and tips is a must-read for every fashionista with a conscience."
— Marci Zaroff, ECOfashion pioneer and founder, Under the Canopy

"We want to make smart and conscious choices. We aim to support responsible brands and companies with our decisions. Because we are all both citizens and consumers, at the same time. This book is a lighthouse to help us navigate the oceans of our fashion, beauty and jewelry choices"
— Maria Eugenia Girón, co-author, Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship: Stories from the Pioneers and executive director, IE Business School Premium and Prestige Observatory (Madrid)

"At last, a simple, easy-to-understand explanation of the link between jewelry and the environmental and social costs of mining. Black explains how harnessing the Earth's resources has resulted in inequality, abuse and environmental havoc, and offers a different way forward. Consumers have choices, and Magnifeco lays out how consumers can chose to support solutions to intractable problems like slave labor in mining camps or permanent poisoning of waterways."
— Jennifer Krill, Executive Director EARTHWORKS

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