Saturday, July 19, 2008

Story of Stuff

My mom is obsessed with garbage. She is always talking about how much garbage everyone produces and how people don't realize what happens to garbage. I don't produce as much garbage as a human (thankfully) so I don't get the lecture. But I hear it when people come over and I understand the importance of spreading the message.

The Story of Stuff is all about stuff and how stuff affects our lives in ways we aren't fully aware of. According to the website, f
rom 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.

What does stuff have to do with garbage? Everything! The more you consume, the more is produced. More production means more waste. We are a consumer driven society that believes that we must have more, more, more. We don't need more; we are just conditioned to believe that we do. Live with less for a while and you will be surprised how much stuff you really don't need.

Please go to and watch the video. The messages are simple and easy to understand. I hope you will begin to make changes in your life as a result of what you learn in the video. And please pass this on to everyone you know - Mother Earth will love you for it.

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