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!
Apple has been in the news as of late due to controversy surrounding how their workers are treated at factories like Foxconn. Even Nike was in the news recently since one of their Indonesian factories had to pay their workers $1 million in overdue overtime pay. This is all very common though. Story of Stuff takes you through where your stuff comes from and where it goes when you’re done with it. We mainly just consider the time that we have the stuff we want not what happened before or after it was in our hands.
What’s outlined in this quote from the book Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet by Lierre Keith above is most likely far more common than we know. And it’s not just about Walmart. As consumers we have the power to withhold our money from companies that do this to their workers. As citizens we have the power to fight for an end to this kind of abuse on local, national and international levels.
You also have the option of going with organic cotton for your t-shirts from reputable companies which can reduce a number of these ills though not all of course.
Here’s something to consider: All the stats show in study after study vegetarians and vegans (non-meat or animal product eaters) tend to be healthier than meat eaters, particularly when it comes to heart health. Continue reading →