The Story of Stuff

We have a problem with Stuff. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, we’re consuming 30 percent of the world’s resources and creating 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 over 10 million times by people around the world. In her sweeping, groundbreaking book of the same name, 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. 

After The Story of Stuff, Annie created Story of Cap and Trade in 2009, which is on the topic of emissions trading. In 2010, The Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Cosmetics and The Story of Electronics. In March 1, 2011, Leonard released The Story of Citizens United vs FED and later that year, The Story of Broke. 

Annie's newest movie is now out -- The Story of Change -- Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges us to put down our credit cards and start exercising our citizenly muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.

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