Story of Stuff

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= documentary about the ecological externalities of industrial processes and consumption


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"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." (


"Stuff doesn’t just get made in factories, sold in stores, used-up and then sent to the landfill. A short video “The Story of Stuff” distills the real process: resources are destroyed, people are abused, toxins pollute, advertisements sell the toxins, stuff breaks (as planned), the stuff pollutes again upon incineration, and the government approves.

Even if you think you already know the story, the 20 minutes is worth the watch. The producer mixes just enough humor with real facts to keep the viewer interested and makes a complex story simple enough to understand without oversimplifying it." (