Ever wonder how we became a nation of consumers? Annie Leonard lays it all out in her fun and informative video, The Story of Stuff.
If you are like me, by the end you will be scratching your head and looking for ways to cut back on how much you buy. I really just wanted to shred my credit card and go on a no buying binge. I began to wonder if there is anything that I really need...besides food, shelter, and water. Do I really need the latest Counting Crows CD? Or that new plastic lawn furniture? I will never look at a discount or big box store the same way again.
For the first time, I saw how consumerism works from the beginning of the cycle (but it's not really a cycle but linear where we always need more raw materials to produce the disposable goods) to the end - me and my stuff. It's scary how fast we are using up, polluting, and contaminating our planet.
The website gives practical tips to curbing our buying habits and helping our planet. Watch it today. You'll be glad you did. It's a real eye opener. Thanks to my wonderful husband, Todd, for finding The Story of Stuff so I could share it with all of you here.