Book review: Sustainability with Style

Not long ago, I had a chance encounter with the author of Sustainability with Style, Lisa Heinze. My interview with Lisa was published on her blog. Since then, I have been enjoying reading her book before bed. I have to say, from the moment I started reading, I didn’t want to put it down. It is a lighthearted true story of how an image-obsessed fashionista who works in advertising made an incredible transition to become an expert in incorporating sustainability into today’s lifestyles. What I loved most about this book is Lisa’s honesty and humour.

Lisa tried to bring her friends with her on the journey of becoming an environmentalist, but she faced many challenges, confusions and setbacks. Lisa also faced internal conflict between her long term love for fashion and her new found passion for protecting the environment. In the end, there were lessons learned and Lisa found a balance, hence the title Sustainability with Style.

I admire Lisa’s determination, and much of it reminded me of my own. I found a passion for poverty alleviation in early 2013 following a life changing trip to Southeast Asia, and I set up my own charity Oz Fair Trade to help some of the world’s poorest people. Although I have the support of my friends, I have been struggling to convince my parents that:

a hard working and challenging life lived with passion is better than a financially comfortable life without passion.

Change is hard. Change needs to happen from a personal level first, before it happens on a societal level. It inevitably means that some will take longer to adapt to change. I don’t consider myself to be one of the first, but I’m definitely not the last.

I would highly recommend Lisa’s book for anyone who is interested in a stylish and sustainable lifestyle. In this day and age, it is possible to have both. Whether you are thinking of making the change, or you are curious of Lisa’s personal journey, I would encourage you to read her book.

Disclaimer: I make no commission from Lisa’s book.

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