The Story of Stuff

  • Only 1% of materials in North America’s Material Economy system (e.g. cell phones, radios, other electronic devices) are still in use 6 months after their sale date. That means that 99% of the stuff is trashed within 6 months.

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.