Video Review: The Story of Stuff

If you haven’t already heard of it, The Story of Stuff is a must-see for anyone who is interested in environmental issues and the long-term sustainability of the consumer economy. Through this video, Annie Leonard, who is now the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, makes the compelling argument that the story of where our stuff comes from is far more complex than most of us realize. The Story of Stuff introduces important concepts such as externalized costs and planned and perceived obsolescence. From the extraction of natural resources to the toxic manufacturing process and eventual (and often quick) disposal of products, many parts of this economy are ecologically and socially damaging, and it is imperative that we move toward a more sustainable, local, closed-loop system.

The Story of Stuff Project has made several other interesting videos as well.

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