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Summer Rayne Oakes

I've spent the last ten years working in various aspects of the fashion and media industries, principally focused on creating media and infrastructure around sustainability. I am the co-founder of Source4Style, an award-winning B2B online marketplace that connects thousands of fashion designers across 70+ countries to sustainable suppliers throughout the world; producer of numerous films and former correspondent on Discovery Networks; and author of best-selling style guide, "Style, Naturally." I've also worked closely with leading brands such as Payless, Portico, Modo, Toyota, Aveeno and others in order to create more environmentally-preferable products and programs. Over the past 10 years I've also used my platform as a model with NEXT Models to elevate the conversation on social and environmental issues. I often get asked by countless people on how to create enriching, rewarding and worthwhile personal careers and companies; inquiries on sustainable design-related topics; and of course personal counseling on the rigors and mystery behind modeling - so that's why I'm here on popexpert. You can see more of my work at: www.summerrayne.net.

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    Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion & Beauty

    Style meets substance in this lavishly illustrated highly informative and beautifully designed book on sustainable fashion and beauty. Summer Rayne Oakes fashion model, environemntal advocate and resident expert on Discovery Network shows how to make informed choices when shopping. In addition to explaining the basics (from fair trade to organically grown) Summer Rayne showcases hundreds of her favorite designers such as Stella McCartney and Safia Minney and eco-friendly brands such as Levi's, Loomstate and Aveda that have made earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices a priority. With over 300 photos pages of resources and style stories from the hottest trendsetters it's the ultimate fashion and beauty bible for women who want to feel good about looking good.

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    The Skinny of Fashion's Body Image Issue

    A look inside the industry that often dictates body image for women.

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    How to Green Your Home (Part 1): Build an Indoor Vertical Garden

    When in NYC, you have to be creative with your space. After filling up just about every horizontal surface with flora, I turned to the wall for inspiration. Kari and Edwin from Mingo Designs came over to create a most wonderful indoor vertical garden - equipped with sub-irrigation system and 15 different species of plants - from philodendrons to sword ferns. Now I have swapped out different plants and have closer to 20 species, but the best part about this wall is you can pop in and out new and different plants all the time.



    (This video is the first in a three-part series on How to Green Your Home).
    1. How to Build an Indoor Vertical Garden
    2. How to Build a Mason Jar Herb Garden
    3. How to Turn a Wine Box into a Seed Starter Kit.


    Follow more green inspirations on summerrayne.net and twitter.com/sroakes


    Follow more green inspirations on www.summerrayne.net and twitter.com/sroakes

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    How to Green Your Home (Part 2): Build a Mason Jar Herb Garden

    My dad gave me a hard time that I didn't have any edibles on my vertical garden in my bedroom (see: https://vimeo.com/summerrayneoakes/greenwall) so I asked him if he would be down building one for the kitchen. Much to my surprise, he was - so we embarked on designing a Mason Jar Herb & Plant Garden for the wall, which looks and functions very well! This is a little How-To video to get you inspired and possibly do one for your home.


    (This video is the first in a three-part series on How to Green Your Home).
    1. How to Build an Indoor Vertical Garden
    2. How to Build a Mason Jar Herb Garden
    3. How to Turn a Wine Box into a Seed Starter Kit.


    Follow more green inspirations on summerrayne.net and twitter.com/sroakes

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    How to Green Your Home (Part 3): Grow Seeds in a Wine Box

    Sometimes it's more fun to watch a plant sprout from a seed...especially when you can eat it after! Here's a simple and ingenious way to turn an old wine box into a seed starter box - and it'll cost you less than $20.



    (This video is the first in a three-part series on How to Green Your Home).
    1. How to Build an Indoor Vertical Garden
    2. How to Build a Mason Jar Herb Garden
    3. How to Turn a Wine Box into a Seed Starter Kit.


    Follow more green inspirations on summerrayne.net and twitter.com/sroakes

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    Summer Rayne Oakes: Speaker's Reel

    Hailed as one of the most vibrant voices in today’s sustainability movement by The Learning Channel and sought after for her upbeat, engaging and genuine style, Summer Rayne Oakes has masterfully inspired the hearts and minds of her audience, having spoken at hundreds of venues throughout the world on environment, sustainable fashion and beauty, social entrepreneurship and women in business.


    The New York Times highlights her as an accessible speaker on the environment and Eileen O’Neill of Discovery Networks describes her as “packing a killer combination of passion, humor and an unrelenting commitment to environmental stewardship.”


    “She has a powerful platform,” says a Payless representative. “She delivers a wake-up call to us all regarding the troubles ahead and how quickly they will affect our lives. At the same time, she brings hope and inspiration that we can rally around. She is incredibly authentic, and she’s passionate about doing what’s right by partnering with us to create meaningful change.”


    For more information, visit her site at www.summerrayne.net.

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    Fashion as a sustainability business: Rio+ 20 Fashion Summit

    Summer Rayne Oakes shares her insights on bringing sustainability into the fashion industry at the Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. June 2012.

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    Smart & Beautiful: Innovations in Sustainable Design

    Ethical fashion design is vibrant and IN - especially among independent designers. Summer Rayne Oakes, model, Discovery Channel's Planet Green correspondent, and advisor to such brands as Payless ShoeSource, Portico Home, and others talks about her journey first as a scientist analyzing sludge and pollution, five principles of good design, cultural clashes in tradition v. technology, and criteria for analyzing the sustainability of materials. Be sure not to miss out on her fascinating discussion of traditional silk production, and how spider silk could hold the promise for some amazing material innovation and product development.

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    Prius C Meets Its Muse: Summer Rayne Oakes

    That’s just what happened when Toyota’s development team chose a single individual to serve as muse for the design of the new compact Prius C. Turns out, Paul Hirsch from the Toyota development team found his inspiration and muse in Summer Rayne Oakes, a real life environmental activist, brand sustainability strategist, author, entomologist, Brooklynite hipster and oh yeah…model! The catch was that Summer had no idea she was the inspiration for the car, and the folks at Toyota had never talked to her.

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    Columbia Business School: Sustainable Business Panel

    Summer Rayne Oakes at the Columbia Business School's Sustainable Business Panel.

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    Cooper Hewitt Museum's Sustainable Design Talk

    Summer Rayne Oakes talks at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum on the launch of Source4Style and how the tool can use technology to help make sustainable design possible.

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    Pirelli Calendar 2013 inspires questions on activism + entrepreneurship

    The Pirelli Calendar 2013 showed a different side of itself this year with a calendar shot by acclaimed documentary photographer, Steve McCurry and eleven models focused on humanitarian and environmental initiatives. Here Summer Rayne Oakes speaks at the press conference on entrepreneurship and the economy.

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    The Rise of Youth Movement: Pirelli Calendar 2013

    Models Summer Rayne Oakes and Kyleigh Kuhn speak about the rise of activism among young people at the Pirelli 2013 Calendar press event.

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    Summer Rayne Oakes: From Rainforests to Runways

    The modeling reel for Summer Rayne Oakes.

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    Around the World with Summer Rayne Oakes

    Take a trip around the world highlighting the work of model-activist-entrepreneur Summer Rayne Oakes.

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    Beyond the Wild: Saving the Sacred Headwaters

    In this short film produced by Above, Summer Rayne Oakes, Wade Davis and Oscar Dennis discuss the issues around the conservation and preservation of the Sacred Headwaters on the alpine-arctic border of British Columbia. Cinematography: Clayton Haskell. For more information on conserving the Sacred Headwaters, please visit: www.sacredheadwaters.com


    In a rugged knot of mountains in the remote reaches of northern British Columbia lies a stunningly beautiful valley known to the First Nations as the Sacred Headwaters. There, on the southern edge of the Spatsizi Wilderness, the Serengeti of Canada, are born in remarkably close proximity three of Canada's most important salmon rivers, the Stikine, Skeena and the Nass. In a long day, perhaps two, it is possible to walk through open meadows, following the tracks of grizzly, caribou and wolf, and drink from the very sources of the three rivers that inspired so many of the great cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the Gitxsan and Wet'sutwet'en, the Carrier and Sekani, the Tsimshian, Nisga'a, Tahltan, Haisla and Tlinglit. Keep on for another three days and you'll reach the origins of the Finlay, headwaters of the MacKenzie, Canada's greatest river of all. - words by Wade Davis, Anthropologist and Author.

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    Cutting Edge: How to Dye Like you Give a Damn

    Summer Rayne Oakes of Source4Style explores how the fashion industry is starting to use more eco-friendly processing techniques to dye textiles in this installation of The Cutting Edge: Sustainable Design News in 60 seconds (or something like that).

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    eXtinction film featuring Summer Rayne Oakes

    eXtinction is an environmental art short that brings together powerful storytelling and stirring imagery.

    It reveals that the most pressing environmental issues are not happening thousands of years from now, but are in fact happening within our lifetime — and specifically, on the timeline of one young woman’s life, from birth to death.

    CLAYTON HASKELL (director) takes viewers on a visually stunning journey through space and time, while SUMMER RAYNE OAKES (Producer/Writer/Actress) breathes fervent passion and emotion to the piece through her own personal story and life.

    eXtinction highlights ten of the most pressing environmental issues in the world and it’s up to all of us to take action. Visit the website http://extinctionfilm.tumblr.com/impact to find out how you can make a difference.

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    The Cutting Edge: How to Lose Water Weight

    Summer Rayne Oakes of Source4Style explores how brands are cutting back on their "water weight" in this episode of THE CUTTING EDGE: Sustainable Design News in 60 Seconds (or something like that).


    Sponsored by: Huntsman

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    Summer Rayne Oakes' & Clayton Haskell's eXtinction screening

    July 7, 2011. Features behind-the-scenes at the NYC private screening of eXtinction at Phaidon | Store. Produced by Summer Rayne Oakes. Directed by Clayton Haskell. Edited by Stavros Stavropoulos.

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    Summer Rayne Oakes for Aveeno's Be an Active Natural Campaign

    Model and sustainability strategist, Summer Rayne Oakes for Aveeno's Smart Essentials collection & the Be an Active Natural Campaign.

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    Aveeno Smart Essentials Active Naturals: 15 sec

    Summer Rayne Oakes, model and sustainability consultant for Aveeno's Smart Essentials collection and the Be An Active Natural Campaign

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    Summer Rayne Oakes & Jon Preston featuring Modo and Moby

    A look at the eco and eco by Summer Rayne Oakes collection of sunglasses and optics.

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    The Cutting Edge: Frankenstein Fashion

    Summer Rayne Oakes of Source4Style explores the freakiest fashion experiments in THE CUTTING EDGE: Sustainable Design News in 60 Seconds (or something like that).

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    The Cutting Edge: How to Milk a Spider?

    Summer Rayne Oakes of Source4Style explores how to milk a spider in THE CUTTING EDGE: Sustainable Design News in 60 Seconds (or something like that).

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    The Cutting Edge: How Much Silk Does A Silkworm Silk?

    Summer Rayne Oakes of Source4Style explores how much silk a silkworm silks in THE CUTTING EDGE: Sustainable Design News in 60 Seconds (or something like that).

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    Interview with Summer Rayne Oakes on ABOVE Magazine

    A candid interview with model and Editor-at-Large of ABOVE Magazine, Summer Rayne Oakes.

    ABOVE is a cutting-edge publication with strong editorial content focusing on the environment and architecture, art, fashion and culture.

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    The "End of Bees film" for ABOVE-Magazine featuring Summer Rayne Oakes

    Short film produced. shot, and directed by filmmaker Clayton Haskell for ABOVE magazine, featuring the Summer Rayne Oakes bee shoot at the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, Domincan Republic. Topic conceived by Summer Rayne Oakes as an artistic awareness tool to get the word out about Colony Collapse Disorder. Music by Moby. The short film was shot on RED ONE 1781 with a set of Zeiss ZF (nikon mount) primes and a Tokina 11-16mm. This was a one man band of a crew, run and gun guerrilla production. Hope you enjoy.

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    Organic Chemicals in Sewage Sludges

    Sewage sludges are residues resulting from the treatment of wastewater released from various sources including homes, industries, medical facilities, street runoff and businesses. Sewage sludges contain nutrients and organic matter that can provide soil benefits and are widely used as soil amendments. They also, however, contain contaminants including metals, pathogens, and organic pollutants. Although current regulations require pathogen reduction and periodic monitoring for some metals prior to land application, there is no requirement to test sewage sludges for the presence of organic chemicals in the U. S. To help fill the gaps in knowledge regarding the presence and concentration of organic chemicals in sewage sludges, the peer-reviewed literature and official governmental reports were examined. Data were found for 516 organic compounds which were grouped into 15 classes. Concentrations were compared to EPA risk-based soil screening limits (SSLs) where available.

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    INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGED HEALTH INCIDENTS ASSOCIATED WITH LAND APPLICATION OF SEWAGE SLUDGES

    The majority of U.S. sewage sludges are disposed by application to land for use as a soil amendment. Class B sludges, containing a complex mix of chemical and biological contaminants, comprise the majority. Residents near land application sites report illness. Symptoms of more than 328 people involved in 39 incidents in 15 states are described. Investigation and tracking of the incidents by agencies is poor. Only one of 10 EPA regions provided substantial information on the incidents in their region. Investigations, when conducted, focused on compliance with regulations. No substantial health-related investigations were conducted by federal, state, or local officials. A system for tracking and investigation is needed. Analysis of the limited data suggests that surface-applied Class B sludges present the greatest risk and should be eliminated. However, even under less risky application scenarios, the potential for off-site movement of chemicals, pathogens, and biological agents suggests that their use should be eliminated.

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    Sumer Rayne Oakes Conversations

    The weekly video series from Summer Rayne Oakes highlighting conversations with cool people about what matters most.

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    Harlem's first black superhero will makes his debut

    Harlem’s streets just got more interesting with the announcement that The Harlem Shadow, a film noir animated series about a masked vigilante who fights crime in the seedy New York underworld during the famed Harlem Renaissance, will be making his way to Russell Simmons’ (Def Jam; Phat Farm) and Brian Robbins’ (Awesomeness TV) new YouTube network, All Def Digital (ADD). The announcement was made at Comic Con San Diego with the next big reveal to be made at Comic Con New York in October 2013. Content is slated to appear on the ADD network by the end of the year.

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    Summer Rayne Oakes: My Life as a Model: Choosing Not to Objectify Myself

    A personal look into building a healthy image within the modeling industry.

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    8 Tips for Keeping Your Relationship Exciting

    No matter what way you slice it, relationships with significant others always require work. Even the best ones can grow a little too comfortable, which is why I was stoked when my good friend Kate Dillon recently opened up in a conversation about what can keep a marriage (or any intimate long-te...

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    Modeling 101: Break into the Industry and Make a Difference

    Due to the interest and inquiries that I get from a variety of young women and men around the world, I wanted to create a special session focused strictly on the world of modeling. People interested in entering the industry or who want first-hand knowledge of the world will get an intimate view of the inner workings of the industry, including the basics such as, how to approach an agency; what type of photos you need; developing a healthy nutrition and exercise regime; how to avoid pitfalls; and what to do when you are in an uncomfortable situation. The second half of the session will also build your confidence around the idea of saying "No" to certain jobs and how one can use the platform to create positive change.

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    Learn all about the Art & Science of Sustainable Design

    Though sometimes slighted for its frivolous and fickle nature, the textiles and clothing industry is undeniably one of the most important trades today. Serving as a linchpin for national economic development, cultural identity, and consumer engagement, the fashion industry has been and will continue to be an integral player on the world stage. Since the 1990s, sustainability in design has emerged center-stage, but it is still poorly understood as a concept and less so as a practice. In these sessions, I'll take you through a brief history of key developments within fashion over the past four centuries, a snapshot of sustainability advancements over the past three decades, and an evaluative inspection into the future of sustainable design.

    Beginner, Intermediate

    The Life of a Social Entrepreneur

    Deciding to set out on a path to be a social entrepreneur not only means just having an idea....it also means executing upon it. If you've ever wondered how to take an idea from concept to reality - whether it is a book; a company; or just a new project - I'll take you through my own personal journey and share some helpful strategies along the way to get you started.

    Beginner

    Eat Clean, Exercise Well, Live Better, Feel Happy

    I work in one of the most brutal industries in the world when it comes to wrecking havoc on women and their body image - but through the last 10 years of modeling, I have only become more centered and confident. One of the requirements of working in the world of modeling and media is obviously keeping up appearances. Even though I'm not standard industry size, I've learned to maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit that is right for me. In this session, I'd like to listen to your needs and share my tactics on developing a love for a healthy mind, body and spirit.

    Beginner, Intermediate

    Indoor Gardening: Get Your GreenThumb On!

    Forget the old lady who lived in a shoe. I’m the young lady who lives in a green womb. With over 200 plants growing indoors, I can safely say that I'm one of those weirdos who knows just about how to grow anything. If you've always wanted to grow plants indoors but fear you have the "blackthumb" (a gardener's term for "Help, I kills plants!") then look no further. I will get you started and on your way to creating an indoor oasis - even if it means starting with one plant.

    Beginner, Intermediate

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