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

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

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



A classic exposé 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.



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  1. Patrick M says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    The Story of Stuff and more, July 10, 2012
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    I have spent years at second hand stores and shopping to get all the stuff I thought I needed and now that I have everything I could want, I began to think a bit bigger. I had started to question the existence of all of my possessions. What now? I don’t need anything more. What am I going to do with all this stuff? I started to do my own research and stumbled onto Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff. She has saved me a lot of time. It would have taken me years to learn what she has found out. I first saw Annie Leonard’s video on you tube which is a 20 minute condensed version of this book. See the video, it’s twenty minutes of truth and revelation! I have used this video for teaching my Sociology class and it struck a chord in every student. Annie has done a great service by asking the questions that needed to be asked. Where does this stuff come from? Who makes the money? Why do they keep making more stuff? Why do they make it break? What happens when we get oversaturated with stuff? How can our disposable society keep going? In 2053 when we are projected to have 9.3 Billion people on this earth, how much stuff can we possibly make room for? Very thought prevoking. The book itself has sections not edited well which make it hard to follow in some spots. Her video is excellent, the book is for those of us who yearn for a few more details. If nothing else watch the video.
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    Great overview of world consumerism, its impacts and how to face a better future., October 24, 2015
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    This review is from: The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And How We Can Make It Better (Paperback)
    I love that book! I totally recommended to all of you, from compulsive consumers or strict “ecologist” to governments and companies, all of us should have a look to “The Story of Stuff”. Because it will change your view about the World, and how bad are we treating it. Hopefully it will wake you up from the dream you might be living, and guide you to a life changes that can contribute to your family, community and country. We need to work all together and find solutions for a better future.
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  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Questions About Stuff, Caring for the Planet, and What Matters Most, January 8, 2015
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    Did you ever wonder what happens to all that trash set out on your street on garbage day? Where does it go? While living in New York City, Annie Leonard wondered about that question and ended up studying Stuff for 20 years before writing this book. Other questions addressed include: “What is the real cost of Extraction (of raw materials), Production, Distribution, and Disposal of all that Stuff?” In the course of addressing such questions as these, Leonard invites us to consider the impact of toxic chemicals and ingredients of Stuff, and how those toxics affect the miners/extractors of raw materials, production workers, purchasers of the Stuff, AND how they affect the people who live in areas where the Stuff with its toxins (if any) are dumped.
    An overarching issue is our carbon footprint (individual, corporate, etc.) and Global Warming. Whether you believe global warming is a hoax or a real crisis, “The Story of Stuff” has something to say to you. If you believe your responsibility in the matter of global warming is only to recycle or reuse Stuff, this book has something to say to you. Leonard encourages recycling, among other things, as one action individuals can take. But she also warns that we must not let recycling keep us from becoming engaged in larger matters such as holding corporate polluters accountable.
    To read the book is to see how over-consumption, pollution, and similar actions affect not only the United States, but other nations as well. It will cause you to ask questions you haven’t considered yet. If you are concerned about how you can better care for the earth, I highly recommend “The Story of Stuff.”
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