You are what you wear: Christina Dean at TEDxHKBU

  • Published on Apr 30, 2014
  • Dr. Christina Dean is the Founder and CEO of Redress, an NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. Christina is a regular speaker at seminars and has received numerous recognitions for her work, including being listed by U.S. online magazine Coco Eco as one of '2010's Most Influential Women in Green' and by U.K. Vogue as one of the U.K.'s 'Top 30 Inspirational Women'. Prior to founding Redress, Christina was a journalist and a practicing dental surgeon.
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Comments • 223

  • Anusha Singh
    Anusha Singh Month ago

    V nice

  • brensimm
    brensimm Month ago

    Maybe people need to go back to the old way of thinking. I don't have a lot of clothes but when I have bought anything I ensure it's good quality. I wore a tweed jacket close to 20 years before I had to let it go. Mix and match clothing like jackets, skirts, pants and blouses can be mixed that it looks like you have a large wardrobe. I was taught that growing up and never throw things away. There were always family members or less fortunate that need it. Quality is hard to find today and if you find it you pay big time. So it's hard to find clothing that will last. Mass production has to go and instead good production. Ah, but companies are not making money that way. Make your own clothes? Where are the darn material shops. Spools of thread are so cheaply made that it breaks up while your sewing. Depressing.

  • Eleni Xx
    Eleni Xx Month ago

    i just really want to fix the collar of her jacket

  • victor arregnelle
    victor arregnelle 2 months ago

    Watching this as I shop for brand clothing. Must advertise for the big companies at my expense. Although they should pay me to wear their brand if anything 🤔
    Just kidding I wear my uniform most days - generic shorts, tanktop and Crocs.

  • Minoan Light
    Minoan Light 3 months ago

    I wish we humans had fur like all other mammals, and everything would be easier.

  • John _laurens
    John _laurens 3 months ago

    So I am sweatpants and a sweater

  • Tom Gwerzman
    Tom Gwerzman 4 months ago

    *hugging all of my vintage clothes* I'm so happy I'm not a part of the problem 🙂

  • PiranhaJaw22
    PiranhaJaw22 6 months ago

    i wear rich, therefore i am rich

  • Anna Kravets
    Anna Kravets 6 months ago

    Thumbs down because the name of the video doesn’t correlate to its idea.

  • Gray 1
    Gray 1 6 months ago

    Honestly, is so much more important the impact of animal industry, than this topic, please

  • Lisa Meyer
    Lisa Meyer 6 months ago

    I go to the Christian center which is clothes that people have given away I buy used clothes all the time!

  • V_Cheung
    V_Cheung 7 months ago

    Thank you! This is so inspired to me!

  • Lady Songbird
    Lady Songbird 7 months ago

    This was really powerful! I never knew that buying cheap clothing could impact so much! I was raised to pinch pennies on my clothes and I agree that it doesn't last long. I would think that I got a good bargain but found my self-buying more and more clothes. I will invest in quality clothes and recycles the clothes I don't need. Great video!

  • Trev
    Trev 7 months ago

    using basic Freudian psycology in the same way they did in the 1920s to promote their business/econamy

  • Olivera K
    Olivera K 7 months ago +1

    To reduce the pollution, go back to old trends - two seasons per year and not 52

  • Funny Girl
    Funny Girl 8 months ago

    so true. well put

  • Joey Levenson
    Joey Levenson 8 months ago

    I take care of my things the best I can. I also wash them and donate to Goodwill (did today, and have bought from there, too) as much as I can. Even some cheaper clothes can be given a second life. I do my best to avoid throwing anything usable away. No sense in 2018.

  • KaZe Kryticz
    KaZe Kryticz 9 months ago


  • Barsha
    Barsha 9 months ago

    The fashion industry is causing havoc effects on both financial and mental well being of a person. If a person is not into fashion or wearing variety of clothes, they are tagged as 'not being presentable'. To woo the eye of people looking at you, to make yourself ' presentable' one has to buy more of trendy clothes. And trend changes every single day.
    Celebrities are the worst examples in setting up these trends. C'mon people tend to imitate them and the fashion industry is serving this purpose quite well.
    None of them will endorse these topics because this won't generate any money to them.

  • KaZe Kryticz
    KaZe Kryticz 9 months ago +1


  • KaZe Kryticz
    KaZe Kryticz 9 months ago +1

    that's a offence to me because i dont have any clothes you are saying me homless? :;v

  • KaZe Kryticz
    KaZe Kryticz 9 months ago +1


  • Marie Evans
    Marie Evans 9 months ago

    Not what I thought this would be about.

  • Jen Gable
    Jen Gable 10 months ago

    ok..when you have been backed into a financial corner and have had all your belongings destroyed let me know ! I have had to change my wardrobe due to the fact that I walk miles in the rain, sleet, snow etc ! To be honest with you, I do not care at this point what people think because they are NOT in my shoes !

  • Ann Oldham
    Ann Oldham 11 months ago

    Certainly makes you think .😀

  • C'est le jour
    C'est le jour Year ago

    thrift and second-hand shops save lives

  • Malvavisco
    Malvavisco Year ago

    Cares about the environment but has three kids? Hmmm...

  • Roel Hayes
    Roel Hayes Year ago

    OMG! Im proud of you..job done

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  • Karissa Schwartz
    Karissa Schwartz Year ago

    Look up textile recycling near you for clothes/shoes in unusable/poor condition (wouldn’t sell at Goodwill). Also H&M & American Eagle recycle all brands of clothing in their if your clothes are in poor condition, drop them off at your local mall. ☺️

  • RedCarrot93
    RedCarrot93 Year ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you.

  • Anastasiia Krivosheina

    Amazing presentation! I’m shocked that 3 years after still nobody talks about it. It’s a huge business and obviously it will take a long time until people will realize how much waste we produce. But least we can do is buying less and recycling the clothes.

  • normal woman
    normal woman Year ago +1

    I'm wearing nice, cool, well made yet sale items, b/c I'm a nice, cool and well made woman. Not for sale tho... lol

  • Bethwyn Malcolm
    Bethwyn Malcolm Year ago

    you are not what you wear!

  • Bethwyn Malcolm
    Bethwyn Malcolm Year ago

    fashion is a dying art

  • Jaydev Patil
    Jaydev Patil Year ago

    Thank you for telling us about clothing pollution

  • μοῖρα Lydløs

    Very tricky title you chose!

  • iluvubb247
    iluvubb247 Year ago

    I recently went to a clothes shop that buys used or unused but unwanted clothes and over heard them talking about how “so much clothes are being brought more and more every year and how they’ll only pick the fast fashion and designer goods only.” It was sad to hear that most of those clothes go straight to dumpster when no one wants them. And there is an increase in unwanted garments are more than ever before they don’t know what they’d do with them. It was eye opening enough for me so I don’t even wanna buy anything anymore. And I don’t know what I’d do with the ones i already own either. I’m picky and I always prefer quality over quantity.

  • Jillian lea
    Jillian lea Year ago

    i mainly shop used cothing. i think alot of people have , just more and more people are discovering our wasteful ways

  • Misty Mega2000
    Misty Mega2000 Year ago

    lol I havent bought new clothes in years, its not some new idea. thrift stores are awesome and cool!! its like urban outfitters but cheap!!

  • Sandra Gongora
    Sandra Gongora Year ago

    Love it!

  • Kaur Puneet
    Kaur Puneet Year ago +1

    We always give away our old and ill fitted clothes for donation , most people happily take away old clothes .
    Sometimes even in the family , used clothes are passed on to cousins , the clothes are in good condition but sometimes when they don't fit anymore , so we try to pass it on to someone who might like wearing them , but we never put them in dustbins :)

  • Jyotsna Gupta
    Jyotsna Gupta Year ago

    She's my hero.

  • America Bless God

    She is a great speaker and beautiful. But this has absolutely no point, maddam. It's stating the obvious and didn't serve any purpose or benefit.

  • Bytler
    Bytler Year ago

    What a waste of time. I was expecting to earn psychological knowledge, rather than moral and ethical guides.

  • Mariel S
    Mariel S Year ago

    I care about the planet among others things. I do recycle I don't buy new clothes if they don't fit me anymore I loose weight. I love my clothes , Animals my planet.

  • dr blais
    dr blais Year ago +2

    funny no mention of cutting ceo wages to help pay the people who actually do the work

  • Dany Christian
    Dany Christian Year ago +1

    i've been thrifting for years.

  • Odalis Diaz
    Odalis Diaz Year ago

    Totally agree

  • Acme Twlm
    Acme Twlm Year ago

    Interesting to say the least fast fwd

  • himanshu kapoor
    himanshu kapoor Year ago +1

    The clothes can be used to stitch bags that can replace plastic bags. Such experiments are underway in few urban pockets in some cities in India. I visited one showroom that uses bags made from old clothes for packaging the stuff they sell.

  • Yolanda Young
    Yolanda Young Year ago +1

    THANK YOU FOR THIS NFO!!!!! I had no idea about this!!!! I will be Mindful of this situation as it affects the entire world!!! And by improving my self on it, I'm liv ni by example!!! ❤️💕😇🌺

  • ia marec
    ia marec Year ago

    I have started doing just that. Started a recycling circle with other girls and is working wonders!

  • natasha Rode-Christoffersen

    Loved this so much! Eye opening and so so motivating!
    I haven't bought new clothes unless they're ethical in a year and this makes me feel like i need to spread the message. thank you

  • william moreno
    william moreno Year ago

    We must talk about such things more often...
    Thanks Dean... I've learned a lot from you..
    Thumbs up!

  • Fatima Lobo
    Fatima Lobo Year ago +1

    Thank you so much for all that information that nobody talks about and keep buying what they don't need really.

  • Madronaxyz
    Madronaxyz Year ago +2

    More true for women than men.

  • Amy
    Amy Year ago

    Rad speak.
    Thank you lady.

  • Nisreen Hamid
    Nisreen Hamid Year ago +1

    Very interesting n informative

  • Mornieluvya lastname

    Fashion styles these days, sadly are trashy not classy!

  • Bye Bye Belly
    Bye Bye Belly Year ago +2

    I wear kmart clothes but I wear them for years at a time. I can't afford to buy organic expensive Australian made fashion labels when a jumper at kmart is $5 on special. Not ideal but some people just can't afford better. Salvos thrift store tries to sell tops for MORE than kmart does...

    • C'est le jour
      C'est le jour Year ago

      Bye Bye Belly and now imagine how people who work in creating this clothing get paid
      i dont blame anyone, but it's a pitiful situation with our garment industry

  • Sensitiv Selvudvikling dk - Kataliya Kirkegaard

    Wauuu MUST SEE video for everyone - please

  • Charlotte Fairchild

    Poncho Power humanitarian clothing.

  • lvforeverlv
    lvforeverlv Year ago

    Tape on her cheek is hella distracting.

  • M P
    M P Year ago +2

    Bwahaha, our family must be really caring, or really poor.
    90 percent of our belongings are recycled. That's just called hand me downs, though.

  • Maya
    Maya Year ago +1

    Why dump clothes in landfills ??? DONATE them

  • Maya
    Maya Year ago +1

    When u get second hand clothes u run a real risk of catching some shit skin disease and or bedbugs

  • Maya
    Maya Year ago +1

    Guilty as charged I love clothes bc I find art in them ...having said that and since clothes are so polluting maybe we should walk around naked

  • VideoPromoVIP
    VideoPromoVIP Year ago

    Love her!!! Awesome talk!

  • Chris Caine
    Chris Caine Year ago +1

    I am a great advocate for reuse, recycle and renew. I run a small market stall where I sell good, fashionable, up to date secondhand clothes. I hate the way people throw away perfectly good usable items so every week I buy used clothes from people and resell them. I make money, people are happy that they have saved money by purchasing used items at a fraction of the cost of new garments.So we are all winners. More importantly we are saving many things from going to landfill. ☺☺☺

  • Carolyn Smith
    Carolyn Smith Year ago +8

    The innovative idea is to buy higher quality, fewer pieces that last a decade or more.

  • Morana Roller
    Morana Roller Year ago +3

    Only clothes I actually get rid of are the ones that wouldn't fit me anymore because I lost or gained weight. I don't understand how people manage to ruin their clothes so they need to throw them or they are unwearable. What do you wash your t shirts on 90°C? Learn how to sew a button and fill a hole in your socks!

  • Biswadeep Auddy
    Biswadeep Auddy Year ago

    I am with you, Dr. Dean.

  • acajudi100
    acajudi100 Year ago +1

    Hawaiian male shirts, and long dresses or pants.

  • Amanda Loxx
    Amanda Loxx Year ago

    im fighting it too!

  • sebastian jasso
    sebastian jasso Year ago +2

    as a fashion designer am not offended because this is true because instead of fighting the situation we avoid it , we live in the 21 century and we can't solve this problem yet with all the technology available to us , yes majority of the companies that polluted are fast Fashion chains that produce super cheap clothing for the general public but cheap isn't always good I know we don't like paying high prices but I think we should be educated more on this these topics how to consume better as humans, buying good quality clothing is expensive depending on your income but good quality should be a investment save up and buy some few good unique clothing products.

  • Madhulica Seth
    Madhulica Seth Year ago +50

    I live in India and in my family we have been taught to take care of clothes. They are only handwashed and my grandmother has certain saris which are 38 years old. Since Saris are not size specific they are passed down through generations and now my mother wears my grandmother's saris. We get western clothes altered if they don't fit anymore and make bags out of old clothes. Since at least my family is not too materialistic we rarely shop and live a mostly zero waste life. My cousins living in the United States disgust me because of their excessive materialism and obsessive concern with appearance and clothes. They place more importance on looking fuckable than being comfortable.

    • hello2ability
      hello2ability Year ago +2

      Madhulica Seth You said it. I had the same thoughts. Indian values and culture hold the secrets to a sustainable existence of every organism in the world, and not just humans. Western materialism and consumerism is fast pervading Indian psyche today. I fear if we Indians would end up forsaking our glorious culture to embrace western consumerism brought to us by MNCs and our own Indian corporations.

  • Peggy Sorrento
    Peggy Sorrento Year ago

    she does wear rugs. Keep the rugs for yourself. Cheap thug.

  • Kindred Closets
    Kindred Closets Year ago

    YES! This 14:58!!!! As someone who works in the fashion industry, I struggle with knowing how much damage we cause to society and the environment and I would LOVE to see this concept grow in the industry. I really hope that over time the rest of the world will agree and that this message will grow and become a standard for the next generation!

  • Tanya Oz
    Tanya Oz Year ago

    Most people have no idea that I buy majority of my clothes from op shops :)

  • Louise Haley
    Louise Haley 2 years ago +2

    Cheap clothes also means sweatshop labor !

  • Louise Haley
    Louise Haley 2 years ago

    So true ! Recycle, repair, re-use ! I'm appalled people throw out good stuff that someone else could enjoy.
    They're just greedy and selfish.

  • Louise Haley
    Louise Haley 2 years ago

    A "good" dentist doesn't hurt people.

  • AbigailR84
    AbigailR84 2 years ago

    Yikes! Luckily, I live somewhere with amazing thrift shops and rarely have to buy new things. Still, I can definitely cut back!

  • Dr M 105
    Dr M 105 2 years ago +2

    Haahaa, dentist who doesn't want to hurt people. That's like a pilot who doesn't like to fly...

  • Inés E.
    Inés E. 2 years ago +9

    Money as it is conceived today is what's really polluting us and the environment. In reality it's just a medium to get things that you *need* , not an end in itself, despite the many people who (consciously or not) believe it is.
    From what I've seen, a big part of the clothing industry is moved by how people want to *appear* -not to *feel* , unfortunately. Instagram thrives on those kinds of illusions. Some of the biggest fashion consumers I know of are actually not well-off economically, but they want to *look* as though they are, as if that actually meant that they are. In my books that's similar to taking a pain killer for a broken arm...
    I think a good idea, apart from changing the individual choices you make, would be to *better educate people on the value of money* (taking economics wasn't compulsory in my school!) and to *advise them to think of money as a medium that says nothing about your quality* as a person.

  • Clare Pitt
    Clare Pitt 2 years ago

    I love charity shop shopping and my grandma is a professional seamstress- I'm all set 👌 unfortunately still gotta buy underwear, socks and some basics 😕

  • Grace D.
    Grace D. 2 years ago

    and she didn't even get to addressing exploitation of workers... hats off to her

  • relief
    relief 2 years ago

    Thank you

  • nakkie wildvangst
    nakkie wildvangst 2 years ago

    reduce reuse recycle #happyminimalist

  • Pristin KyulWoo
    Pristin KyulWoo 2 years ago

    My idea of collecting clothes/dresses has change because of this. :'(

  • tulika srivastava
    tulika srivastava 2 years ago

    Sadly!We are polluting the environment just because we have societal pressure of flaunting new clothes every day!!

  • Mya Jones
    Mya Jones 2 years ago

    I love consignment/thrift shops. I'm not a big fashionista, so what is in my closet are items that I can wear for years to come. I don't follow trends. I wear what is comfortable.

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  • Aere Z
    Aere Z 2 years ago

    Is it really necessary for so many speakers to move their hands when they talk. It's weird.

  • Adam Kunzun
    Adam Kunzun 2 years ago

    you have no moral right when you yourself are fashion crazy consumer. shut up ur fault mouth.

  • Anabiel
    Anabiel 2 years ago +1

    I totally agree. I am the kind of person to buy a thing and wears it every week during ten years. I need clothes that are able to last ten years and not six months. I buy black sneakers only because I know the white ones are gonna be grey and wasted in 3 months. I don't buy a new coat, a new jacket every year (more like every three year) so I choose normal colors such as blue grey black, not yellow or red. You have to buy things that are not gonna be unfashion tomorrow. It doesn't mean having almost no clothes and being a bean. It's just being more reasonnable, more realistic and more adult with your consum habits. You have hard time doing it? throw your money away, I am sure it will make everything much more simple with almost no money.

  • Jasvinder Kaur Sidhu
    Jasvinder Kaur Sidhu 2 years ago

    Salt water wells in my eyes.. My initial thoughts were that one is assisting the very poor make some money out of this trade..but really, if Mother earth suffers then really, it's not worth it.

  • salby torres
    salby torres 2 years ago +6

    been shopping at goodwill and yard sales since I started earning my own money at 16 years old. I feel very proud. I also don't buy cruelty makeup

  • Ishieka Morris
    Ishieka Morris 2 years ago +4

    But what about shoes?