The Story of Stuff

    The Story of Stuff

    Annie Leonard
    Book published by Simon & Schuster, 2011 | DVD produced by Free Range Studios, 2007


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    The Story of Stuff began as an internet film in 2007, developed into a book, and has since become a community of over a million people worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet. It exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable, fair 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.

    The Story of Stuff DVD is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled film that looks at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, and a great accompaniment to The Story of Stuff book. Buy both the DVD and book for only $21—a savings of $5.

    “…become louder than the consumer inside you and launch a very rich, very loud dialogue within your community.”

    The Story of Stuff

    We have a problem with “stuff.” With just 5 percent of the world's population, the US consumes 30 percent of the world's resources and creates 30 percent of the world's waste. If everyone consumed at US rates, we would need three to five planets! This alarming fact drove Annie Leonard to create the internet film sensation The Story of Stuff, which has been viewed more than 10 million times by people around the world. In her groundbreaking book, Leonard tracks the life of the “stuff” we use every day—where our cotton T-shirts, laptop computers, and aluminum cans come from, how they are produced, distributed, and consumed, and where they go when we throw them out.

    It is a system in crisis, but Leonard shows us that this is not the way things have to be. It's within our power to stop the environmental damage, social injustice, and health hazards caused by polluting production and excessive consumption, and Leonard shows us how. Expansive and sobering yet optimistic, The Story of Stuff transforms how we think about our lives and our relationship to the planet.

    Praise for The Story of Stuff

    "The intrepid Ann Leonard has written an eye-opening, humorous, and highly readable account of how our seemingly innocuous lifestyles are part of a larger system of destruction and dysfunction. Leonard gets my vote for hero of the year. A must-read."
    Juliet B. Schor, author of Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, and professor of sociology at Boston College

    "Where others have documented countless challenges to the Earth and its inhabitants, Annie Leonard has accomplished the rare feat of defining the systemic nature of the problems we face and offering solutions that get to the heart of the matter. Whether you are redesigning industry and commerce or simply imagining a better world for your grandchildren's grandchildren, Annie's work will engage you. Read it and be inspired into action."
    Ray C. Anderson, founder and chair, Interface, Inc.

    "At once engaging, accessible, and authoritative, The Story of Stuff is a brilliant masterwork. Leonard weaves together engaging personal stories and encyclopedic knowledge of her subject to communicate a powerful systemic frame and define a spot-on agenda for practical action. I gained new facts, ideas, and inspiration. It gets my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation for anyone interested in why we humans are on a path to self-destruction and what we can do about it."
    David C. Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning and board chair of YES! Magazine

    "When Annie Leonard came to work at the Center for Study of Responsive Law, she brought a special character—a dynamic curiosity; a willingness to scour the countries of the Earth to understand and document solid and chemical wastes' production, consumption, and disposal; the intellectual and emotional intelligence to mobilize everyone she could reach to respect the ecosphere; and health and safety concerns. Those dynamic energies permeate her galvanizing, exciting, and fascinating book. You will be bouncing up and down as you are drawn through its pages, graphics, and engrossing stories. Annie Leonard not only knows 'the story of stuff'—she has the right stuff!"
    Ralph Nader