The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff

The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health--and How We Can Make It Better

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A classic expos#65533; in company with An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring , The Story of Stuff expands on the celebrated documentary exploring the threat of overconsumption on the environment, economy, and our health. Leonard examines the "stuff" we use everyday, offering a galvanizing critique and steps for a changed planet.

The Story of Stuff was received with widespread enthusiasm in hardcover, by everyone from Stephen Colbert to Tavis Smiley to George Stephanopolous on Good Morning America , as well as far-reaching print and blog coverage. Uncovering and communicating a critically important idea--that there is an intentional system behind our patterns of consumption and disposal--Annie Leonard transforms how we think about our lives and our relationship to the planet.

From sneaking into factories and dumps around the world to visiting textile workers in Haiti and children mining coltan for cell phones in the Congo, Leonard, named one of Time magazine's 100 environmental heroes of 2009, highlights each step of the materials economy and its actual effect on the earth and the people who live near sites like these.

With curiosity, compassion, and humor, Leonard shares concrete steps for taking action at the individual and political level that will bring about sustainability, community health, and economic justice. Embraced by teachers, parents, churches, community centers, activists, and everyday readers, The Story of Stuff will be a long-lived classic.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011, ©2010
Edition: First Free Press trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451610291
Branch Call Number: 306.4 Le
Description: xxxix, 319 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Conrad, Ariane


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Dec 30, 2015

I you really want to SAVE the planet, everyone must read this Book to find another way of doing things. This is a very nice and an important Book; "The Stoty Of Stuff"

Mar 26, 2014

Perhaps the smartest local Seattle has ever produced, she writes a super-informative book of the most important kind, yet I fear even her actions and activities are too late to save humanity, especially the sociopathic sort found in the US of A! (The super-rich know no morality when it comes to achieving their ends, whether sponsoring NCIS propaganda shows (Lockheed Martin) or Boeing's subsidiares, Narus and Jeppeson Data Plan, or the vile Consumers Financial Protection Bureau, the phony shill outfit from the Obama administration (which Sen. Elizabeth Warren wasted her valuable, and still naive, time on, but now realizes she was duped when they placed it under the Federal Reserve, which protects the banks) whose two major achievements have been providing a legal shield or immunity for the banks who filed all those felonious false affidavits for mortgage fraudclosure, and the recent announcement for the federal government (i.e., the taxpayers and tax base) be responsible for mortgage backed securities - - haven't we already by through this?

BlueDinoBitU Feb 22, 2013

i found annie is SUPER smart ii started to look for the thing she talked about like toxics in cosmetics and i found out even BURTS BEES had lead in it! BURTS BEES????!!!!!

Aug 22, 2012

Annie Leonard delivers a lot of information in a very easy manner. I've always had a hard time getting my head around all the junk around us -- so much of our "goods" are toxic and unnecessary -- and this book made me feel like I'm not crazy.

gareichler Oct 15, 2011

This is a great book! I watched the movie in August 2010 and reserved the book shortly after it came out. Both have changed me a lot.

Oct 10, 2011

I had been sent the original video and superficially watched it understanding that it explained that most western people wasted an awfjul lot of "stuff". I read the book in more depth and appreciate that the forces of corporations are overwhelming. They have co-opted part of the green story with less than green results. One example is re-cycling which is really one of the least important. We make products for temporary use and then discard. We need to re-use more products and better yet design them for much longer use. This goes against the economic dictate that we must always grow. Although we have not reached nature's limits we have stepped over a line that will be hard to reverse. A lot of food for thought.

debwalker Dec 15, 2010

"The message that society must end the glorification of consumerism and growth for its own sake is increasingly prevalent. Unfortunately much of it is received as nothing but liberal fearmongering. Leonard mixes her facts with first-hand accounts and line-drawn illustrations to deliver her message in a friendly and enlightening way, without finger-pointing at the reader."
Top 10 Books of 2010: Amber Elbon, newsletter/web producer


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gareichler Oct 15, 2011

Annie Leonard shows us the problems with our consumerist society, with a chapter for each step in the materials economy: extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal. In the epilogue, she explains how we can change this. She includes small boxes of information and many short stories throughout the book.


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