Fast Fashion’s Effect on People, The Planet, & You | Patrick Woodyard | TEDxUniversityofMississippi


Mindful business: While working for a microfinance firm in Trujillo, Peru, Patrick was introduced to the broken Peruvian footwear industry made up of over 100,000 shoemakers who possess remarkable talent yet lack access to consistent work, fair-wages, and brand access to established international markets. Having had extensive exposure to such potential juxtaposed with a lack of access in other developing countries, Patrick developed a vision to push the fashion industry in a new direction by serving as one of the first fashion brands to deliver a superior yet ethically-produced product to consumers.

Patrick is the Co-Founder & CEO of Nisolo. Patrick graduated from the Croft Institute for International Studies and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. His experience using business as a force for good has led him across the globe ranging from Kenya and Uganda to Argentina and Peru.

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  1. Fast Import Cars says

    I don't have that much money but I mean I can't go and spend 400 dollars on a pair of shorts shirts or pants.

  2. Shraddha Rajmohan says

    Profound thoughts.

  3. Juliya Avidor says

    Ditch the leather and I'm with you all the way

  4. Kate Kilgannon says

    So how much do they get paid a day?

  5. Louisa Jane Caldwell says

    Great talk but then I go check out his website and the use leather, I'm sad. What about the animals?? Even if the leather is bi-product, this company is still contribution to something which isn't ethical.

  6. Riccardo Pedol says

    This video is literally the longest ad I’ve ever seen.

  7. Reihenwandler Europa says

    There is a enourmes psychological momentum while buying cheap and low quality goods. You have already lost your love to goods and people and. How do you think is the Effekt on human relations become when you know the next relation gets Even better and better. You live a life with a lot of one night stands. So in my opinion a wasted life…. be the change. Thx

  8. KatBird27 says

    sorry, but i need it to be LESS money so I can afford it. I shop second hand stores for a reason! ITS CHEAPER!

  9. erin says

    good talk but I can't afford his $140+ shoes like then I'll be in poverty lol

  10. Coley says


  11. 抖音Tiktok我们不一样 says

    I am listening to this for preparing my exam…….

  12. phyliciajoykloes says

    Good video. I was already aware of these points; however, it's good to hear again.

  13. Tiffany s Perez says

    I have the Nisolo Dari Boot and I somehow managed to buy them second hand and they looked brand new they are honestly soooo gorgeous!! Worth every penny I got a protective sole added on them so they can last for as long as possible! Truly timeless and amazing quality

  14. Arnold Panagiotopoulos says

    Completely one sided without all the facts, not mentioning the massive efforts done in the past years into sourcing responsibly and sustainably.

  15. Judith Mitchell says

    Hard ask in the end there. I am a seamstress. Getting my customers to pay me a living wage is a constant struggle. I believe that the fast fashion world has devalued my skill. I believe that the dumping of secondhand cheap clothing in Africa is crippling local textile artists, tailors and seamstresses.

  16. Judith Mitchell says

    I would like to see a follow up on this talk in about two years time.

  17. Sloan Chessman says

    Nisolo sounds like a great company, and Im sure it is, but why start up another clothing company when resale shops and thrift stores are overburdened with clothes and accessories that have already been produced? If more people would get off of the fast fashion bullet train, and get on the slow fashion train, there wouldn't be a need to start up new clothing companies. We need to stop the madness, and we can do this by purchasing used clothing and accessories. I'm 54 years old, I grew up in a home with 5 siblings. We weren't rich, so my mother either bought the material and made our clothing, or she bought clothing for the family from garage sales, resale shops and thrift stores…..and we were always very well dressed. I have carried that through my own life to my own 2 children, even though my husband and I jointly earn $300k a year. With the exception of undergarments, I refuse to purchase anything new….I even buy my vehicles pre-loved. I don't want to be part of the problem, I want to be part of the solution! We only get one planet earth to live on, so we MUST educate ourselves and become very mindful about every purchase that we make because our planet along with the unfairly treated garment workers are who and what is baring the burden of the real cost of "fast fashion", and the only ones who are really getting anything out of it are the CEOs and executives of these ruthless companies!

  18. Ella Gibson says

    What an amazing and informational talk, the time for change is NOW! Check out an awesome sustainable recycled and repurposed clothing company! Insta is @Rugged.Reclaimed SUPER amazing company that has amazing vintage good as well as a recycled collection.

  19. Tonya Antony says

    Go to thrift stores, charity shops, local manufacturers, repurpose materials, up cycle, trade, swap.

  20. Raquel garcia garrido says

    Loved it, from someone who study fashion buying. Well said and keep the message, beautiful product. Xxx

  21. Luce With Love says

    I bet the 13 dislikes are from the H&M head office 😂

  22. Isi Ibelieveinmiracles says

    Wow this is amazing

  23. jessie mayfield says

    So glad Ted gave this forum I'm "zero waste" and they never mentioned this which should be 2nd important part of being green 🌎

  24. K Budzisz says

    I wish that one day everyone referenced all studies they mention in books, articles, blogs, videos and everything that's published. "There was a study…" When? Where? Carried out by whom? On whom? Were there 8 or 8 000 people involved? Can I check the methodology? Why do people believe everybody when they say that there was a study that proved it? I'm not saying that guy is lying but I'm saying that people should reference such things.

  25. Dragon Spirit says

    If he's talking about ethical fashion, why is he still making the shoes in his factory from leather? Leather and tanneries in Bangladesh and China are massive polluters of their waterways, also causing death to people from toxic fumes, not to mention the slaughtering of animals …. there is mushroom leather, pineapple leather etc good talk nonetheless

  26. Sasha Minx says

    I'll wait to comment……

  27. 0433elva says

    Fashion industry now days is running in such a bad circle system….to the environment and to our future. Im just feeling so sad…

  28. Emiliano Gama says

    Not a good public speaker.

  29. JL CR says

    btw, data without sources or references….? difficult to contrast, easy to make it up….

  30. Abrielle MacKenzie says

    marry me

  31. chilixification says

    Awsome work

  32. hello2ability says

    Very insightful talk. Also nice that a solution is suggested with the problem. I personally would start a moratorium on purchasing any new clothing for a few years. The money saved would help me buy the fine quality clothing from fair trade certified brands later. Still I am wondering what happens to the workers and the produce who are already in the unfair trade. Do we need to ban their products immediately? Would their bosses who would be in loss pay them for the work already done?

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