TED Talks

The textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world. Thanks to the rise of fast fashion, textile waste is filling our landfills -- and often the materials are made up of harmful petroleum-based chemicals left over from the dyeing process. But what if we could dye textiles with pigment produced by bacteria? That’s what designer Natsai Audrey Chieza decided to do. Streptomyces coelicolor is a bacteria that can grow directly on silk, and each colony produces a unique pigment. With enough cells, you can dye an entire cloth like the one pictured here. The result is bright and vibrant color created without the use of any chemicals. “You can start to see how imaginative and inspiring modes of making exist in nature that we can use to build capacity around new bio-based industries,” says Natsai. “Biotechnology is going to touch every part of our lived experience.” To see more of @faberfutures’s work and learn how the process works, watch her #TEDTalk at go.ted.com/bacteriafashion

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2017.12.03. 20:52
@dhoriane_mondesir this may be an interesting talk for you?


2017.12.03. 21:09
If you are entrepreneur you will love our last post! 🔥🔥


2017.12.03. 21:16
Whoaaaa! This is unreallll @growing.up.westcoast!


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If you are an entrepreneur you will love our last post 🔥


2017.12.04. 19:12
oooooOOOooooooo. ..


2017.12.04. 19:13
@earth_self 😍 podcast worthy


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2017.12.04. 21:45
cool idea


2017.12.04. 22:45
Perhaps an @adanna_photographs and @sarah_jf14 collab? Fashion and frog studies combined.


2017.12.04. 22:50
@murray_buchanan @adanna_photographs so cool let's do it 😁


2017.12.05. 01:29
All of you reading this post check out @pinatex Piñatex is a natural leather alternative made from cellulose fibres extracted from pineapple leaves!! How great is that!


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@lasepnutrition thank you for sharing the story of Piñatex®️! Carmen who developed it has actually done a few @ted talks also - have you heard them? 😄💚🍍


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2017.12.05. 12:44
Oooooo interesting @trisdauvergne ... at least I know now that I need to grow bacteria when my job becomes obsolete


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@pinatex 😁 I must see her tedtalk now!


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2017.12.06. 09:03
Thought of you when I watched this ✨😊@intentjournal


2017.12.06. 11:19
A Genius!


2017.12.06. 11:46
@jordanahalperin This made me think of you and our discussions on that long-ago hike! Hope everything is good your end of the world 🌎😊x


2017.12.06. 15:00
@toriaredwood thanks for sharing!! Pretty dope


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Omg thank you!!! @ignatiusp I️m gonna watch this


2017.12.07. 10:23
The cutest :grinning:


2017.12.09. 16:28
@inahestefanio sua cara isso!


2017.12.10. 00:10
Not just fashion but retail and exhibit signage. At least in Australia and it goes to landfill. It is something, to be honest, I gave up on trying to find a solution for. So, dear internet, if anyone knows of a programs/business-model that successfully recycles fabrics please let me know.


2017.12.12. 13:05
Awesome 💦🐬🔱🐬💦


2017.12.12. 13:06
@designac google it - you will find all sorts of creative options being carried out by incredibly talented people!!💦🐬🔱🐬💦


2017.12.14. 13:34
I love biotechnology for this kind of solutions!


2017.12.14. 13:36
Btw, who knows the resolution of scandal with H&M when they burned clothes to not to sell them at discount or donate?



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What can octopuses teach us about different kinds of intelligence? Octopuses’ neurons lie outside their central brain, causing them to experience consciousness very differently than humans and most mammals do. They might not even have a full grasp of their own bodies, which explains why their tentacles operate independently and can still function even after being severed. What does this have to do with us? “We humans are forever trapped within the inner universes prescribed by our brains, bodies and environments,” says cognitive neuroscientist Anil Seth. “But by studying the limits of our own awareness alongside the abilities of other species and by realizing that how we experience the world and the self is not the only way, we can gain startling glimpses into a space of possible consciousnesses.” Read his full article at go.ted.com/octopusbrain Animation by @dennism00re

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These children are reading inside of a mud cave. It’s part of a school in Bangladesh that is made entirely out of dirt and bamboo. Architect Anna Heringer designed it for her thesis project 13 years ago to show that you can create cozy and beautiful structures using only natural materials. “There are a lot of resources given by nature for free -- all we need is our sensitivity to see them and our creativity to use them," she says. To watch her #TEDTalk, visit go.ted.com/mudbuildings Photo by Rolf Bauerdick

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In October, Burundi, a country in East Africa, banned all women from playing the country’s renowned royal drums. The decree was an effort to regulate and preserve traditional drumming in Burundi, which has been symbolic of the royal kingdom and traditionally done by men. Kenyan drummer and @TEDFellow Kasiva Mutua was outraged. “Culture doesn’t make the people. It’s the people who make the culture, and live with it,” she says. “Culture evolves, culture keeps changing. And if women want to play drums, let them play.” To learn more about @kasivamutua’s experience fighting gender barriers and cultural stereotypes as a female percussionist in Africa, visit go.ted.com/drummingrights Illustration by @cosmicsomething

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Actor Justin Baldoni has a challenge for men: “See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper into yourself. Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Can we redefine what those mean and use them to explore our hearts?” In his new #TEDTalk, the Jane the Virgin actor starts a dialogue about masculinity and unravels what it means to be “man enough.” Watch @justinbaldoni’s full talk at go.ted.com/manenough

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When @TEDFellow Kayla Briët was four-years-old, her dad brought her to watch a Taos Pueblo Hoop Dance, a traditional dance created hundreds of years ago in Southwestern USA. The dance takes hoops made out of willow wood and threads them together to create formations of the natural world. “Watching this dance was magic to me,” says Kayla, whose father is from the Prairie Band's Potawatomi Tribe in Northeastern Kansas. “Like with a time capsule, I was taking a look through a cultural window to the past. I felt a deeper connection to how my ancestors used to look at the world around them.” The experience inspired her to turn to filmmaking and composing to reclaim the stories of her heritage. Through music and ultimately her latest documentary film, “Smoke That Travels,” @kaylabriet explores her fear that her Native heritage will be forgotten in time. To learn more about her work, visit go.ted.com/timecapsules