The Story Of Stuff book continues where the popular video left off, and is filled with examples of hope, and ways people could get involved and do things differently.
The Story of Stuff, created by Annie Leonard, began as a short video highlighting how out of control consumerism is affecting the world. It begins by defining the act of consumption, beginning with the process of ‘extraction’ another word for exploiting natural resources. The web video runs twenty minutes and surprises the viewers with the amount of information shared. There was so much left out from the video, that Annie decided to fill a book with her adventures, examples of hope, and ways people could get involved and do things differently. The book tells the rest of the story.
The Story of Stuff was released in its book form yesterday, with an audio counterpart read by the author herself. What’s in the book? Printed on trash instead of trees, Leonard reveals important factors which have lead to the decline of national happiness and the exponential increment of toxins that we release into our environment. She further discusses in the book how just a few decades ago the average American citizen consumed half as much as he or she did today, blaming this on a government strategy to create a maximum amount of consumer goods and market them in such a way that the inventory is always on the move.