- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Constable (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849010382
- ISBN-13: 978-1849010382
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.9 x 19.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health - and a Vision for Change Paperback – 27 May 2010
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A potentially important book that brings a great many facts and arguments into a single volume. (Irish Examiner)
The book may be recycled, but Leonard's passion is new and refreshing. (Geographical)
Taking us into 'the dark heart of American consumerism' in an amusing and trenchant way. (Guardian)
Here, for the first time, is a simple, single explanation for the major problems facing the world today. Environmental superstar Annie Leonard has already reached millions worldwide with her message about the way stuff is ruining our lives.
It's time she reached you, too.
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Annie has provided all of us with an introduction and personal account of what the facts are and how we can learn to live a great life but knowing that whatever level of economic training you have you cannot escape the "One Earth" Principle....There are not just enough of the Stuff available, no matter how clever we are with primary resource use to enable everyone to have the lifestyle of those human members in the G20 nations and others associated with them European EA members included.
The crunch is now upon us. All our news reports are related to the manner by which we acquire, "Stuff". Everything we value materially relates solely to "Stuff".
I would dutifully demand in a constructive manner that Annie be put forward to head....the United Nations, The World Bank, The IMF, and GATT; and first Global Presidium Advocate for planet Earth.
If you don't believe me read this book, take a deep breath when finishing reading it and ACT!
Dr. Nigel Miles,
Contributory provider of the SEEBif Initiative,
It may be fantastical to suggest that the "machine" is running things and we are the machine's energy supply, but in reality nobody doubts that without us the capitalist "machine" would grind to a halt. We DO power the machine. We make the machine work and with the money the machine pays us we buy the stuff the machine tells us we need. "Hang on" you say "I'm the consumer, not the consumed. I decide what I buy. I need all that stuff". Yeah right - all of it? Keep taking the pills (do you prefer the red pill or the blue pill?).
Read this book and you'll see what I mean. Apologies to those who haven't seen the film. "The Matrix" analogy is my own (humorous) take on the book - its not what Anne Leonard says. What she says is based on years of research into the materials economy, supply chains and the way people live. It seems very factual, is a totally absorbing read and even if it turned out that 80% of those facts are wrong (and I don't believe they are), it is very clear that we need to change the way we are using and disposing of the planet's resources. This book will leave you in no doubt that what we're doing now is completely unsustainable.
Don't worry, this is not a gloomy read. Anne Leonard writes with good humour and points to lots of positive examples where simple changes are making a real difference. Often these differences are MORE "profitable" for business not less. The book reveals some truly shocking facts about toxic chemicals hidden within everyday products. We aren't all chemists, so how could we know that this or that ingredient in shampoo, or make-up could harm us or our children? We would never imagine that manufacturers would be allowed to put harmful things in stuff they sell us. Or that we could unwittingly be harming other people by the stuff we buy.
The good news is that we can change all of this. Our own individual actions on a day-to day basis can influence how the world develops and help to provide a safe, enjoyable and sustainable environment for our kids and future generations. This book does a good job of pointing us in the right direction with lots of practical advice.
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