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Summer Rayne Oakes

"Eco-Model" & Author
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Biography

Summer Rayne Oakes was reclaiming mine sites, researching sewage sludge, and restoring forestlands when she was struck with the idea that style—and how we live our life—would be a far more effective means to connect people to the natural world. Graduating Cornell University cum laude with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology, Oakes began to bridge her interest in ecological systems to industries that affect our everyday life—from what we wear to what we eat.

This journey has led her to over a decade of experience infusing sustainable-thinking and practices into the heart of the fashion, beauty and food industries. In 2009, while modeling full-time, she co-founded the award-winning, venture-backed, women-owned business, Source4Style (now LeSouk)—a B2B marketplace connecting designers to sustainable suppliers across the world—during a time when only 9% of women’s businesses were funded by venture dollars. Over the past several years, she has assisted in the launch of venture-backed good food companies, including a farm-to-fridge grocer and healthy eating app. This work put her front and center to America’s (and the world’s) health crises—particularly as it relates to diet and nutrition. This eventually led her to found sugardetox.me, a website designed to guide people in reducing their sugar intake, and her second book, SugarDetox. Me (Sterling Epicure, March 2017).

She has consulted for and created a variety of environmentally-preferably products lines for brands like Payless and Toyota. And her work has been featured extensively throughout the world in a range of media outlets, including: CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, Vanity Fair, INC, and others. Outside magazines called her a “Top Environmental Activist”, Amica listed her as one of the “Top 20 Trendsetters under 40”, CNBC named her one of their “10 Best Green Entrepreneurs”, and The Guardian proclaimed her “An Innovator.”

Topics

A Processed World: Implications of Eating a High Sugar Diet

Why Detoxing is Not a Diet

How We Grow: The Future of Food

What We Wear: The Future of Fashion

Make Believe (in Yourself Again)

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