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Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

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Leyla Acaroglu aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. And she aims to make thinking about this fun. In today’s TED Talk, Acaroglu turns her attention to four bits of “environmental folklore,” like the idea that it’s more environmentally sound to opt for the paper []

8 hilarious IKEA memes, videos and homage websites

8 hilarious IKEA memes, videos and homage websites

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After 25 years working in sustainability, Steve Howard made a surprising move: he went to work for IKEA. In today’s talk, he explains why by giving a sense of just how far IKEA is going to make sure it has a positive environmental impact. “Sustainability’s gone from a ‘nice-to-do’ to a ‘must-do,’” says Howard in []

Ikea’s sustainable instinct: Steve Howard at TEDGlobal 2013

Ikea’s sustainable instinct: Steve Howard at TEDGlobal 2013

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Steve Howard has spent his life working toward sustainability. So on the TEDGlobal 2013 stage, he explains why he wanted to work for, of all places, Ikea. Howard, who now holds the delightful title of Chief Sustainability Officer at the Scandinavian furniture behemoth, says that the company is dedicated to sustainability because of three numbers: 3. []

The psychology of saving energy: Alex Laskey at TED2013

The psychology of saving energy: Alex Laskey at TED2013

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Have you checked your email today? Your finances? What about your energy use? Alex Laskey thinks that with just a shift in attitude toward our energy use, we can all save a lot. Laskey introduces an experiment he ran with his team at Opower. People received one of three different messages on their doors about []

Paper or plastic or what? Leyla Acaroglu at TED2013

Paper or plastic or what? Leyla Acaroglu at TED2013

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We all know sustainability is essential to our future, in vague terms. But what does that mean for the choices we make every day? In other words: paper or plastic? For one thing, design consultant Leyla Acaroglu wants you to think beyond choosing a material for your grocery tote. Instead, she encourages us to think []

South Central’s renegade gardener: Ron Finley at TED2013

South Central’s renegade gardener: Ron Finley at TED2013

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Ron Finley describes himself as a “renegade gardener,” and he’s here to tell us all about his home, in South Central, or South Los Angeles, as city planners attempted to rebrand the area. Whatever you call it, the truth is that the area comprises liquor stores, fast food and vacant lots, and it epitomizes the []

Sustain!: The speakers in Session 7 at TED2013

Sustain!: The speakers in Session 7 at TED2013

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It’s no longer possible to ignore the effect humans have — on the environment, on each other and on the Internet. In that spirit, this session brings together people with big ideas on responsible design, creation, consumption and eating. From a renegade gardener to energy software maker, this session takes into mind that it’s not []

Transforming transportation: Elon Musk at TED2013

Transforming transportation: Elon Musk at TED2013

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The cofounder of PayPal, Elon Musk has become one of his generation’s most aggressive, not to mention successful, entrepreneurs. As CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and CEO and CTO of SpaceX, his interests clearly lie in transforming transportation and creating an economy built on sustainable energy. Now he takes the TED stage to tell us more. First, he talks about []

Why we must rebuild our forests: Sebastião Salgado at TED2013

Why we must rebuild our forests: Sebastião Salgado at TED2013

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Sebastião Salgado has worked as a professional photographer since 1973. And he arrives on the TED stage with extraordinary gentleness and humility. He doesn’t think everyone is necessarily familiar with his work, so he starts by showing some of his incredible pictures, and we watch in silence. The images make for powerful, often difficult viewing. It’s clear that []

New playlists: Animals that amaze and The end of oil?

New playlists: Animals that amaze and The end of oil?

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TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built specially for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, two new playlists are available: Animals that amaze and The end of oil? Animals that amaze At TED there’s a certain species of speaker who is absolutely devoted to all kinds []