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Sustainable living: our favourite TED talks

If you’re keen on getting some fresh insights into greener living and sustainability, how about checking out our top ten TED talks? TED are a non for profit organization dedicated to spreading ideas through short yet powerful presentations designed to share knowledge and ideas from visionary thinkers.

We’ve put together our favourites, which are great to keep on hand for some thought provoking inspiration next time you’re stuck in traffic, on your lunchbreak or queuing at the supermarket. If you have any others you’d like to share with us, feel free to post a link in the comments below!

1. What is permaculture: Geoff Lawson

In this talk, permaculture educator and consultant Geoff Lawson explains permaculture as an ethical design system, which uses the knowledge of nature and the connectivity of the elements to create a system that nurtures itself, endlessly provides food and enriches the earth.

2. Let’s go all in on selling sustainability: Steve Howard

IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard, talks about his quest to sell eco-friendly materials and practices, and discusses how considering sustainability is now a must-do.

3. A new model for business: Malcolm Rands

Malcolm Rands is the co-founder of ecostore, New Zealand’s leading range of eco-friendly household and personal care products.  In this talk, Malcolm shares his ideas on funding a non for profit organization, and the power of believing in something wholeheartedly.

4. Tiny home, big life – an experiment in simple living: Erin & Dondi Harner

We’re often led to believe that more material possessions will make us happy, but in this talk, we learn how a young couple disenchanted with this notion built and lived in an off grid home and discovered that less is more.

5. Ubers plan to get more people into fewer cars: Travis Kalanik

An insight into ubers carpooling service, uberPOOL, which in its first eight months took 7.9 million miles off the roads and 1,400 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the air in Los Angeles.

6. We need to think differently about sustainability: Leyla Acaroglu

Lela is a sustainability strategist and the director of Eco Innovators, who use sustainability as a catalyst for innovative thinking and creating change. In this talk, she focusses on our capacity to solve some of the biggest environmental issues we currently face.

7. What’s wrong with what we eat: Mark Bittman

In this talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman explores the mainstream western way of eating and why it’s putting the planet at risk.

8. The route to a sustainable future: Alex Steffen

In this talk, planetary futurist Alex Steffen discusses the effect of the western consumer lifestyle on our planet and how we can build better cities by reducing our ecological footprint.

9. How to make a profit while making a difference: Audrey Choi

Audrey Choi is an investment expert who discusses how we can make a difference by investing in companies that prioritize sustainability and social values.

10. Dive into an ocean photographer’s world: Thomas Peschak

In this talk, conservation photographer Thomas Perchak shares some of his work giving an insight into some of the oceans hidden eco systems. Here he also discusses his dream for a future of respectful coexistence with the ocean and marine life.

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