Tiny Tuesday: The Story of Stuff

Everyone needs to see this video. Produced in 2007 by Free Range Studios and narrated by Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff is an animated short film about the life cycle of all the things we use in our daily lives – things like clothing, toys, paper, packaging, and construction materials. How are the natural resources mined and harvested? Where are the products manufactured? How are they transported to a shelf in the store? And where does the waste go after you toss it in the garbage or recycling bin?

A few things you’ll learn: The US has 5% of the world’s population but consumes 30% of the world’s resources. The average American throws out 4½ pounds of garbage a day… and indirectly produces 300 pounds of garbage a day from the manufacturing processes. There are over 100,000 synthetic chemicals in use today, and none of them have been tested in combination to see what effects they might have when mixed.

Free Range Studios has since put out several other videos, and offers several steps to take action – for example, you can sign up for Catalog Choice to eliminate junk mail from your life, or take the Plastic Free July Pledge.

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