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Why do we consume so much? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
December 12, 2007, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Development theory, Environment

For those of you who are tired of reading I thoroughly recommend taking a 20-minute break and watching ‘The Story of Stuff’. It is a really well done animation of the whole production line from extraction to production to manufacture to consumption to disposal. Annie Leonard, the presenter, is a great speaker, and there are tons of interesting facts thrown in (did you know that of all the things that are produced each year only 1% are still in use a year later). My only critique is that it is US-centric (although it never claims to be anything else). But given the 5% of the total global population who live there are consuming 1/3 of the world’s resources it is probably a good focus. And there are lots of additional resources to be found on the site. Something good to watch as many of us head into a holiday season that focuses on consumerism.

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