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"Eco-Model" & Author
An environmental scientist and entomologist by training, Summer Rayne Oakes has spent the last fifteen years infusing sustainable-thinking and practices into the heart of the fashion, beauty and food industries. Most recently she launched Homestead Brooklyn, a popular website, Instagram, and YouTube channel to help people become more attuned to nature in the city through what they grow—both inside their homes as well as out. Read More >
As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Summer Rayne is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through what they eat. In 2014, she founded SugarDetox.Me, a website offering 10-day and 30-day guided cleanses to help people come to terms with their sugar tooth, which later led to the creation of the cookbook and guide: SugarDetoxMe: 100 Recipes to Curb Cravings and Take Back Your Health.
Prior to this, Oakes co-founded Source4Style (now Le Souk), an award-winning, venture-backed B2B sustainable materials marketplace; designed environmentally conscious lines and modeled for brands such as Payless, Portico, Pirelli, and Modo; authored the book, Style, Naturally; and was a correspondent for Discovery Networks. She has been featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and others.
She graduated cum laude from Cornell University and you may often see her in Brooklyn tending to her copious indoor gardens, cooking with food she’s grown, or walking her pet chicken, Kippee in her community garden. Read Less ^
"Her presentation and short film were great, and she definitely left the students with a lot of food for thought. Very impressive individual."
"It's a breath of fresh air to work with someone who is so versatile, has convictions and really understands the advantages of fair trade."
"RecycleBank is proud to partner with Summer Rayne. She and her company possess a tremendous ability to help people make a connection between the fashion they wear and the environment they live in."
"When Summer Rayne lectured to my group of emerging fashion designers about why it matters to be concerned with where your materials come from and their environmental and social impacts, it was amazing to see and feel the energy shift in the classroom. The group of students walked into the lecture quite indifferent, but towards the end of the presentation they began connecting themselves to larger global issues. I would highly recommend Summer Rayne to any classroom or group who is seeking to expand the minds and talents of their design students."
"Summer Rayne Oakes made an outstanding presentation at our Youth Leaders in Sustainability Forum in Philadelphia at the Sustainable Business Network. She demonstrated a unique and thorough grasp of the opportunities in both the economic and social change/social learning dimensions of this American moment as we enter the sustainability era. Her engaging presentation style included sharing products with the audience that represented reuse of materials and ethical materials sourcing. While she spoke the audience could touch and feel The Future right there in the room. Indeed, an ambassador was addressing them."
"Summer Rayne Oakes' presentations are much more than informative; they are electric, passionate and insightful. Each one is fresh, different and tangible. She has a talent for reaching audiences of all ages, but she unmistakably inspires young people the most. We have already received numerous requests for her to return."
"The event went very well; we had about 200 people there. Summer was very funny and engaging, and I am so glad the event worked out so well!"
"Summer is able to use her modeling career to impact the lives of young people. Recently she spoke to nearly 300 apparel and textile students at Kansas State University. The impact was so powerful that I even had a parent call me to tell me that her 'daughter has never been so engaged in her studies, and the impact of the eco-model has changed her life!'. We are using Summer's book, Style Naturally, as a touch-stone to inspire students to think creatively about the importance of making the fashion industry more sustainable. The students are becoming more empowered to embrace ethical courage, challenge past behaviors, and develop grassroots ideas--all because Summer touched their lives."
"Summer Rayne is a dynamic, inspirational speaker who connected quickly and easily with our college students. Her encouragement to remain strong and committed to one's values in the workplace, and life in general, will no doubt continue to resonate with all who attended her talk."
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