The Story of Stuff


Annie Leonard spent ten years following the trail our stuff makes and the end result of her hard work is this freely available, 20 minute video. Teachers have had great success using it in the classroom, according to an article in the New York Times.

The video is geared towards kids, but even for those of us who aren’t kids anymore, it’s 20 minutes well-spent. I think The Story of Stuff website explains it best:

What is 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.

If you have the time, please take a look at the video. It really will change the way you view your stuff. Click any link labeled The Story of Stuff in this post to view it.