To Dye For: How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick—and How We Can Fight Back

Putnam. Jun. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780593422618. $29. HEALTH
Do people need to worry about not only what they put in their bodies but also what they put on them? According to Wicker (editor in chief, EcoCult), the answer is an emphatic yes. Expanding from her career as an award-winning sustainable-fashion journalist and blogger, Wicker takes the reader on an alarming journey into the nightmarish effects of toxic textiles. The book illustrates how chemical-laden clothing has permeated the majority of the market at every price point. Wicker argues her point with cited references to journal articles, interviews, and anecdotes, but she offers little counterpoint to balance the equation if there is one to be had. A glossary of the offending compounds and practices further arms the wary consumer with watchwords. Though it would not pass a peer review from the scientific community, this book will raise enough concern to compel health-conscious readers to seek more information and less toxic clothing options.
VERDICT A thought-provoking read for anyone who buys or wears clothes. A recommended addition to collections.
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