The Story of Stuff: learn the shocking truth about cosmetics, electronics, bottled water and cap & trade
The Story of Stuff Project is an online portal that aims to inform people on issues related to sustainable production and consumption and tells the story of where our “stuff” comes from, how it’s actually produced and where it goes after we’re done with it. The project aims to encourage more informed decision-making by producers and consumers of ‘stuff’ and to encourage learning and activism amongst consumers.
Story of Stuff short film goes viral
The short film ‘Story of Stuff’ has been watched over 12 million times, making it one of the most watched environmental short films. The film explains the materials economy and the system of producing and consuming stuff: examining the social, environmental and global costs of extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal.
While the film does highlight and explain very succinctly what we’re doing wrong, it is also optimistic and shows various practical solutions to the current unsustainable patterns and production and consumption of ‘stuff’. One practical step that the film advocates, is to reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ we consume and to research where the ‘stuff’ we plan to buy comes from, so that we can make more informed choices about what to consume.
Story of Stuff Project: featuring short films on sustainable consumption and production
The Story of Stuff Project website features several other interesting short films including the “Story of Cosmetics”, the “Story of Electronics”, the “Story of Cap and Trade”, the “Story of Bottled Water” and the recent addition “the Story of Broke“. I found some of the facts quite shocking
Annie Leonard is the Story of Stuff Project’s Co-Director and has spent over 20 years investigating environmental health and justice issues and has travelled internationally to visit the factories where our stuff is made and the dumps where it is dumped. The Story of Stuff Project was launched in 2007 and the website has been visited by millions of people from over 224 countries.
Watch the short (20 minute) film ‘The Story of Stuff’ below:
The Story of Stuff Project