Got 20 minutes?

19 Jul, '08

Then click here, right now. Don’t delay. You can thank me later.

Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard

The Story of Stuff
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.

Thanks to my friend Sami ben Gharbia for the heads up

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  1. Abu Arron says:

    Educational, sobering and depressing. That’s my Saturday ruined.

    OK, I knew the manufacturing chain was/is polluting the planet and that the Third World is being effectively “raped”, but to have it stated in such graphic terms…………

    We are indeed in a sorry state.

  2. Will says:

    I have to applaud this link Mahmood. Behold the elephant in our midst.

  3. Susanne says:

    Thank you ! I need to remember all this from time to time, so I can stop buying stuff. At least almost…

  4. Sam says:

    What a brilliant mini documentary! Thanks for sharing Mahmood.
    This should be dubbed in Arabic and shown to local school kids.

  5. its more then 20 mints Mahmood, but u deserve my thanks for 1 year to come.. welcome to the club !

    very interesting, i signed up already..

    if u have 10 mints read my latest posts in my blog:
    shaking hand with Nilsson Mandela

    Moh’d ,,

  6. Sam says:

    Mahmood should be a good samaritan and send this off to the Traffic Directorate. 😉

    Shame citizen policing isnt practiced here – i’d have a field trip!!!

  7. Abu Arron says:

    An excellent idea Sam. Not sure if copyright would be an issue, but shouldn’t be if it helps the message to reach a wider audience.

  8. أني بحرانية says:


    i wanna enjoy my life 🙁

    don’t get me depressed


    but what can we do about it?

  9. أني بحرانية says:

    ok ok ok ok

    it’s go to know that the US handles more blame

    but to think of it

    we خليجيين نعيش حياة البطر

    نحب نصرف

    فقارة ولا اغنياء نحب نصرف ونشتري ونقط ونرد نشتري ونرد نصرف

  10. أني بحرانية says:

    what to do know??????

    What can WE do?

  11. Sam says:

    Mahmood/Abu Arron – my last post was supposed to be a response to your ‘novel way to travel’ post. 😥
    Could you move it over for me?

  12. mahmood says:

    I can’t unfortunately as there is no way for me to do that. If you would like to repost it there, I’ll delete this one.

  13. I too found this presentation sometime ago – thru a link on the FB profile of a college senior I admire. I thought about the stuff I’ve accumulated. I also thought how this generation is so much more aware than I ever was at their age – I guess I’m the gen that they’re cleaning up after! Not a good thing. I am sorry!

    I blogged about how much do we really need a couple months ago, after someone started to educate me about the culture of squatting and freegans – I was blown away to tell you the truth. It’s an incredible outlook on living that really makes you think.

    I finally realize the mess of stuff one buries under, and I’ve been slowly liberating myself – one pile of stuff after the other.

    Although I am far from leading a truly responsible lifestyle, I do feel I’m able to see beyond and let go of my attachment to my wares. I’ve been giving them away – some are things I would’ve never thought I could part with. I do feel better with every batch that leaves my life! And I know I’m helping someone else who is actually using it rather than hording. I am very aware of consumerism, and have consciously been working out of that trap and into common sense. Things can get out of hand with stuff. ufffff!

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