Friday, October 16, 2009

The Story Of Stuff

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

Here are just a few facts that are featured in the film:
  • In the past three decades, one-third of the planet's natural resources base have been consumed.
  • In the United States, we have less than 4% of our original forests left.
  • In the U.S., industry admits to releasing over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals a year.
  • The average U.S. person now consumes twice as much as they did 50 years ago.
  • Each person in the United States makes 4 1/2 pounds of garbage a day. That is twice what we made thirty years ago.

For more information on the facts above, to learn more, and to check out the video yourself, please visit

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