If like me, you are more of a listener than a reader, TED Talks are one of the best forms of industry education. TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
When I first googled "Ethical Fashion TED Talks" I was excited to see who and what people had to say, I made myself a cup of tea, got out the chocolate biscuits and I set out on my TED Talk binge watching session...
Here are 4 of my favourites that are simple a must watch!!
1. The Wardrobe To Die For | Lucy Siegle
When you listen to Lucy discuss fashion and ethics you can only admire her passion, but it wasn't until she starts to talk about the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh in 2013 where a garment factory "collapsed like a house of cards" that you hear her voice break with sadness and it really hit's home what an important subject this is.
2. The Ten-Item Wardrobe | Jennifer L. Scott
Jennifer is articulate, educated and well spoken, she speak real truth "One of the very strange side effects of having too many clothes, is that we still have nothing to wear. So you're getting for work or to go and meet friends, you try on an outfit and it's not quite right so you take it off and try on another one and another and another. Before you know it you have clothes all over the floor and bed and now you're running late so you pick anything and are left feeling uncomfortable all day."
3. You Are What You Wear | Christina Dean
Christina is the Founder of Redress, an NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. Such an incredibly smart lady with so much knowledge to share with you, but she will be blunt and to point, be ready. "I'm telling you that every time you pull your head through your top or stick your legs through your jeans, that you are part of, you are an accomplice of one of the world most polluting industries that killing the planet and people."
4. The High Cost of Our Cheap Fashion | Maxine Bédat
Maxine is the co-founder of Zady, is a lifestyle destination for conscious consumers. They carry a curated collection of clothing, accessories and home items for women and men. Maxine talk you through the tough and scary facts of cheap fast fashion and how dramatically it has increased over the past 10 years. "The apparel industry is responsible for 10% of the total carbon output for the entire world. To put that into some perspective, that is 5 TIMES the more carbon output than ALL airline travel combined"... Yes...now you want to listen hey...
5. Bonus Talk: Wearing Nothing New | Jessi Arrington
This TED Talk is a little bonus extra, Jessi is a beautiful person inside and out. She's an avid thrift shopper with a unique style.
Designer, Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TEDActive but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It's a meditation on conscious consumption — wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.