Clocking in at just over 20 minutes Story of Stuff manages to be enlightening and controversial. Teachers have been showing it to their students for years and some of the usual suspects made a stink about it. Some call it propaganda. According to their site:
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 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. ~storyofstuff.org
You owe it to yourself to watch this and learn about were your stuff comes from and where it goes when you’re done with it. Soon there will be no excuses for not knowing. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
As we discussed in Welcome Back To So Fresh and So Green! we need to know what you want to see from So Fresh And So Green this year. We’re looking to serve you but we need to know the best way to do that so let us know what you want to know more about.
Do you want more music on the site with unapologetic critiques?
Do you want more DIY and “How To” posts that can save you money and carbon?
Do you want to know more about what’s in your food?
Who would you like us to interview?
In The Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Ben Segall you’ll learn there’s a patch of garbage that’s not twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean right now. You should know what you throw in the ocean comes right back to you so this is a serious problem. You’ll also learn this is a global problem why that means its solution will require action on a global scale. Please do reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse plastic because all the plastic ever made is still around, but much more will need to be done than just that. Seriously. Watch below. Continue reading →
Did you miss Soul Food Junkies on Independent Lens/PBS this week? Fear not! It’s free online for a limited time. In this documentary award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine. Watch it today! It will be gone by February 11th.
Here are some shocking stats on ocean pollution. It’s important for people to understand, particularly when it comes to pollution of our waterways, everything we do comes back to us. Doesn’t it make sense that we should make the effort to make only good things come back to us? Check it out below! Continue reading →
Mars: Sooner or later you’re going to get into trouble for being so hospitable.
In this video Earth is on a Facebook like website called “Earthbook” and at the point were humans really start to get on her nerves she has to decide whether or not she will “unfriend” humans. It’s cute, hilarious, and sad, but most importantly it allows the viewer to see the Earth/human dynamic a bit differently. A shift in the viewpoint of this vital relationship is crucial.
Description: “What would Planet Earth post about humans on its profile? The Earth fast forwards through a virtual relationship with humans — but soon starts to ask itself whether it wants to be friends with a species that exploits its national resources.
The conclusion is reassuring: yes, it does, because humans are making every effort to preserve the planet. Science and research are an important part of these efforts.”
When was the last time you bought a product claiming to be made with blueberries that actually had blueberries on the ingredient list? Did you read the ingredient list? Well, it’s time for you to start doing that because you may have already participated in ‘The Blueberry Deception’, created by crafty marketers and food companies to get you to eat a cheaper, less perishable product at the price of a product that has real fruit in it. Did you not notice the taste? The texture? Are you really surprised by this? Maybe you did. Maybe you noticed this in Nutella and Tropicana orange juice too. Did you also know these fakeberries are made from chemicals and petroleum byproducts? Yuck! Watch this video and learn more about ‘The Blueberry Deception’.
Where this video fails for me, and where many others do too including Food, Inc., is leaving the consumer to a market solution as their only recourse. Surely buying something else isn’t the only thing someone can do to stop fake, unhealthy blueberries. You can write to manufacturers, call them, draft and circulate petitions, and actively boycott them, including spreading the news about your boycott.
Maybe you’ve never gone to a film festival or none are in your town. Maybe you’ve never heard of filmmaker Byron Hurt and his work including Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes. Either way you’re in for a treat. Hurt focuses his lens on African American cuisine and its affects in the lives and health of the black community. Best of all it will be airing on PBS‘s Independent Lens, which showcases independent film. Since we’re talking about diets you should consider detoxing from big budget Hollywood affairs with some indies. Enjoy the preview below and check your local listings for when it airs here. Continue reading →