The Story of Stuff

It’s amazing how shiny new possessions you bring home from the store eventually become trash – at least in North America.  I admire Annie Leonard’s engaging take on how this happens, and how we could – and must – improve the situation.  The huge amount of waste she describes is scary and clearly unsustainable, but she keeps the tone light and constructive.  You may have heard of Leonard through her web videos.  She also hosts a website and blog.  One of her most telling points in the book is that beyond basic needs, owning more stuff does not make you happier.  Europeans are more satisfied with life than Americans, though they have smaller homes and cars, and use less energy.  Keep telling it like it is, Annie!  (submitted by DC)

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