Tagged: consumerism/materialism

WATCH: The Classic Short Film ‘Story Of Stuff’

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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!

Why You Should Stop Recycling So Much Stuff

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It would be irresponsible of me to write that you should stop recycling, but odds are you should. The Floppy Disk Notebook above is actually an example of upcycling, which is also an option you can learn about here. Right now we’re focused on the 4 Rs. The phase to remember was “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” but now many have added the word Refuse at the end. This is because if we can recycle and reuse that means beforehand we have consumed. Continue reading

5 MORE New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make To Change Your Life

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In 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Food and 5 More New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Food I outlined some resolutions you could make (or goals you could set) to usher in 2012. In 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make To Change Your Life I wrote about resolutions to help you change your life…and maybe the world. Now, here’s 5 more. No more help from Family Guy though, cause let’s face it- how much longer does that show have to live? We’ll go back to the Simpsons, a show that has already kind of lived forever. Continue reading

Buy Nothing New This Christmas

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On a site that focuses on environmentalism I’m not going to encourage you to be a baller this holiday season. Over-consumption is a major problem in our society, as we learned in “Story Of Stuff” and in the end it doesn’t make people love you more anyway. I will tell you if you buy something this holiday season you should do it as eco-consciously as possible. Or you can just buy nothing!

A few things to remember or try: Continue reading

Reverend Billy’s Church Of Earthalujah & The Great Wikileaks Easter Egg Hunt

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Photo Credit: “Rev recovers from a near-shopping convulsion” by Michael Hart

If you’ve never heard of him let me introduce you to Reverend Billy. He oversees a flock called The Church of Stop Shopping and he preaches anti-consumerism. Recognizing the importance of environmentalism, Reverend Billy, who is an actor turned activist not a real reverend, has taken up another cause. He went from Hallelujah, to Change-alujah, to, now, Earthalujah! Continue reading

Kanye West and American “Power”

Photo Credit: Mitch Epstein, Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004

Kanye West has returned and in a way it’s pleasant, even my mama likes him…kind of. West put his best foot forward this week, releasing “Power”, a piece of ear candy the people have been craving on the internets. Complete with easy to sing along chants in the background, the anthem makes impact. Gone is Amber Rose, Louis Vuitton, fancy sneakers and tight pants. All that’s left are the reasons we liked Ye in the first place. When those other things return I might check out though cause it’s still too soon for me for that to come back. Then again it’s still too soon for Eminem to comeback for me…

S1 of Waco, Texas’ Strange Fruit Project co-produced “Power”. It’s the first official leak from Kanye West’s upcoming album Good *ss Job, due later this year. Can’t wait to see what happens then cause with this one song yesterday the internets went nuts in a torrent of fandom Dr. Dre could only wish he would get if he finally gets around to putting out Detox. Or at least the blogs and twitter went nuts. Some said Kanye saved music…again. “No one man should have all that POWER” he rhymed. Word.

“You got the power to let power go?” he asks at the end which got me thinking. Do Americans have the power to let power go? Continue reading

Top 5 White People Worth Interrupting Black History Month For


Photo Credit: Gale Library

Ordinarily I enjoy the plethora of Black History Month programming, but this year I haven’t seen much around, even on PBS. Is our new president somehow to blame for this?

Anyway, I used to get upset wen I would see programs about all kinds of other folks during February and I’ve done my best to balance the lack of Black programming out this year. Here we are on the tail end of this month but I’m going to go ahead an interrupt it for these 5 white folks that I think are worth listening to anytime of year in no particular order. Continue reading

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