Wanting to live a more sustainable lifestyle is one thing - applying this aim to a busy lifestyle is another thing entirely. Check out these TED talks next time you have a few minutes and get your eco flame fanned.
A video opening with "How do you wipe your butt?" doesn't give the game away immediately on hacking sustainability. But Lauren Singer, she of zero waste fame, discusses why we can all achieve a plastic free lifestyle. Creating baking soda toothpaste and choosing farmers markets, defeating impulse buying: these are ideas you can work in your life.
Sustainable fashion often seems a little... unfashionable. That's until former fashion marketing guru Eva Kruse blew our minds on the psychologies and seductive strategies deployed by companies - and how best to bring about change. Her insider knowledge challenges consumers to bring about change through exercising their choice. Know where your clothes are made, wear your clothes an extra day or two before washing (wool is self cleaning) and look for designers using less fabric.
When an eleven year old chooses organic farming over his NFL dreams, we really have to sit up and take notice. Small in stature but big in heart, Birke Baehr unpacks what's wrong with the food system; advertising selling unhealthy cereals for kids, pesticides. It's a video well worth watching, inspiring us to educate children about how choices on what we eat affect the food chain. Informed choices on non-pesticide fruit and the shocking truth about how mass farming destroys the environment aren't "out there". Seeing it from a child's point of view, we're convinced by the simplicity of Birke's argument.
"A building is a like a flower", proclaims Jason McLennan. Revolutionising architecture in a sustainable manner is a tall order, except for the man who's been designing "green buildings" since the seventies. Beautiful, unpolluted, efficient with water and using natural energy, this talk outlines why the flower is the perfect blueprint for future buildings. A concept of buildings being alive and well, both beautiful and practical, will open your eyes up to an issue not just for architecture geeks. And just like a flower, his buildings rely on nutrients. "Please, come take a crap in my building" is the mantra sure to leave you in cahoots - and greener than ever.
Travel more. Buy less. It's fair to say Generation X invests more in experiences than in material objects. Inspired by being a "citizen of nowhere" and his Mexican heritage, Luiz Vargas pinpoints why travel can be the solution to unsustainable lifestyles. Yes, workaholics, we are looking at you. Work, money and fear stop the majority of Americans ever leaving their continent - only 10 percent of Americans experience life outside the one they were born in. Vargas' stat-athon is compelling and enriching; the average American now owns 30 or more outfits, in comparison to just nine in 1930. Making travel work for you, through a shift in mind as well as money, done in an economic and viable way, is everyday sustainability.
Investment and Business
Save the planet and make money? Not impossible, according to investments guru Karina Funk. Investments aren't just bone dry discussions of corporate hungry conglomerates; small businesses and individuals are at the helm of driving a new culture change in putting your money where the Earth is. Put simply, this TED talk challenges us to take apart the disconnect between business and sustainability, making it work for everyone.