30 May 2009

The Story Of Stuff

In the morning I usually have some strawberry yogurt poured over some delectable British strawberries (buy local! woo!). While I eat, I head over to Huffington Post or CNN to watch any recent, pertinent videos. This keeps my brain occupied for the 8 minutes it usually takes me to devour said strawberries and yogurt.

Well, a few mornings ago I came across this AMAZING 20-minute short documentary about where "stuff" comes from. That is, how everything you own came to be, and what happens to it when you're done with it. The creator spent TEN YEARS researching everything from raw material extraction right through to landfill dumping. Now, I knew it wasn't the most pleasant tale, but I had no idea just how bad it is - from destroying the Earth to building products that are MADE to break so you have to buy a new one to incinerating trash and poisoning the air.

Before you call me a conspiracy theory cynic take the time to watch and see the truth in it all. More importantly, note that not a single person/company/government official has come forward to attack her research claims. In fact, most of her facts and figures come from Right-Wing or Government sources. All I can say is: STOP SHOPPING SO MUCH! WE'RE KILLING THE EARTH, & WE ONLY GET ONE!


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