By Annie Leonard
We have an issue with Stuff. With simply five percentage of the world’s inhabitants, we’re eating 30 percentage of the world’s assets and developing 30 percentage of the world’s waste. If everybody fed on at U.S. premiums, we'd desire 3 to 5 planets!
This alarming truth drove Annie Leonard to create the web movie sensation the tale of Stuff, which has been considered over 10 million instances by means of humans around the globe. In her sweeping, groundbreaking e-book of a similar identify, Leonard tracks the lifetime of the Stuff we use each day—where our cotton T-shirts, computer pcs, and aluminum cans come from, how they're produced, allotted, and ate up, and the place they cross once we throw them out. Like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the tale of Stuff is a landmark booklet that may swap the best way humans think—and the best way they dwell.
Leonard’s message is startlingly transparent: we now have an excessive amount of Stuff, and an excessive amount of of it's poisonous. Outlining the 5 levels of our consumption-driven economy—from extraction via creation, distribution, intake, and disposal—she vividly illuminates its scary repercussions. traveling rubbish dumps and factories all over the world, Leonard unearths the genuine tale in the back of our possessions—why it’s more affordable to interchange a damaged television than to mend it; how the advertising of "perceived obsolescence" encourages us to toss out every thing from sneakers to mobile phones whereas they’re nonetheless in ideal form; and the way manufacturing facility staff in Haiti, mine staff in Congo, and everybody who lives and works inside the program pay for our affordable items with their health and wellbeing, protection, and caliber of lifestyles. in the meantime we, as shoppers, are compromising our health and wellbeing and healthiness, no matter if it’s via neurotoxins in our pillows or lead leaching into our kids’ nutrients from their lunchboxes—and all these items isn’t even making us happier! We work flat out which will purchase Stuff that we speedy throw out, after which
we wish new Stuff so we paintings more durable and feature no time to get pleasure from all our Stuff. . . . With mind-blowing revelations in regards to the economic climate, the surroundings, and cultures world wide, along tales from her personal lifestyles and paintings, Leonard demonstrates that the force for a "growth in any respect costs" economic climate fuels a cycle of construction, intake, and disposal that's killing us.
It is a process in obstacle, yet Annie Leonard indicates us that this isn't the approach issues need to be. It’s inside our strength to forestall the environmental harm, social injustice, and future health dangers because of polluting construction and over the top intake, and Leonard exhibits us how. Expansive, galvanizing, and sobering but confident, The tale of Stuff transforms how we predict approximately our lives and our dating to the planet.