5 inspiring TED talks about sustainability

The route to a sustainable future

Alex Steffen

Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries.

TEDGlobal 2005

You are what you wear

Dr. Christina Dean

Dr. Christina Dean is the Founder and CEO of Redress, an NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. Christina is a regular speaker at seminars and has received numerous recognitions for her work, including being listed by U.S. online magazine Coco Eco as one of '2010's Most Influential Women in Green' and by U.K. Vogue as one of the U.K.'s 'Top 30 Inspirational Women'. Prior to founding Redress, Christina was a journalist and a practicing dental surgeon.

How to make a profit while making a difference

Audrey Choi

Can global capital markets become catalysts for social change? According to investment expert Audrey Choi, individuals own almost half of all global capital, giving them (us!) the power to make a difference by investing in companies that champion social values and sustainability. "We have more opportunity today than ever before to make choices," she says. "So change your perspective. Invest in the change you want to see in the world."

TED@StateStreet Boston

Changing the world through fashion

Eva Kruse

"On the brink of potentially dangerous climate change and with attention on corporate social responsibility soaring to new heights, the world needs innovators -- both people and businesses - who can lead the push toward more sustainable solutions. The fashion industry has the potential to be one such innovator, working proactively to address critical environmental, social, and ethical challenges on a global scale.

Consumers -- you and I - can play a pivotal role in transitioning the fashion industry towards more sustainable business models that significantly reduce the social and environmental impacts of the industry.

My talk is about what every one of us can do to improve our personal footprint and the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry."

Eva Kruse is CEO and President of Danish Fashion Institute and Copenhagen Fashion Week.

TEDXCopenhagen

The business logic of sustainability

Ray Anderson

At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

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