The Story of Stuff and Other Stuff

I really want to wean myself from impulsive purchases of junky household stuff I don’t really need and that won’t last. One strategy is getting clear on the implications of my actions. If my purchases of junky stuff help foul the earth and exploit its people, but I remain willfully ignorant of that, does it still affect my karma? I believe it does.

Here’s a teaser for an enlightening 20-minute movie called The Story of Stuff. Watch this, and if you’re intrigued, watch the whole thing.

But don’t stop there. Check out the latest movies:

Tis the Season to Get Trampled?

This Black Friday, choose family over frenzy. Let’s opt out of the frenzy this year. We have a choice this Black Friday to stay put with loved ones, to play board games and eat leftovers and maybe even watch a football game together. Or we can chose to leave the warmth of our beds before dawn to sit in our…

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Story of Change

Over the past several decades, many environmental and social change efforts have come to reflect the centrality of shopping in our culture, suggesting change can be made—or is even best made—through alterations in our individual consumption patterns. These efforts—buy Fair Trade or organic, use a reusable bag, screw in a CFL lightbulb—are a great place to start, but they are…

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Story of Broke

The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in…

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Story of Citizens United v FEC

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC explores the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy. The movie explores the history of the American corporation and corporate political spending, the appropriate roles of citizens and for-profit corporations in a democracy and the toxic impact the Citizens United Supreme Court decision is having on our political process. It ends with…

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La Historia de las Cosas

Desde su extracción hasta su venta, uso y disposición, todas las cosas que hay en nuestras vidas afectan a las comunidades, y sin embargo la mayoría de todo esto se oculta. La Historia de las Cosas es un DVD entretenido, dinámico y cargado de datos, que describe en 20 minutos el lado oculto de nuestros patrones de producción y consumo….

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Story of Electronics

The Story of Electronics, released in November 2011, employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many…

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Story of Cosmetics

The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. The seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. Credits The Story…

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The Story of Bottled Water

The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day), employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows virtually free from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s…

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Story of Cap and Trade

The Story of Cap & Trade, released in December 2009, is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution discussed at the Copenhagen 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap and trade proposals:…

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Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh,…