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 ten million times. Now in a landmark book in the
tradition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Leonard tracks the life of
the stuff we use every day—how it is produced, distributed, and consumed, and
where it goes when we throw it out.
is startlingly clear: we have too much stuff, and too much of it is toxic.
Outlining the five stages of our consumption-driven economy—from extraction
through production, distribution, consumption, and disposal—she vividly
illuminates its frightening repercussions. Leonard reveals the true story
behind our possessions and how we as consumers are compromising our health,
safety, and quality of life. Meanwhile all this stuff isn’t even making us
The drive for a “growth at all costs” economy
fuels a system in crisis, but Annie Leonard shows us that this is not the
way things have to be. Expansive, galvanizing, and sobering yet optimistic,
The Story of Stuff transforms how we think about our lives and our
relationship to the planet. Download and start listening now!