The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health - and a Vision for Change

The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health - and a Vision for Change

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By (author) Annie Leonard

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  • Publisher: Constable
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 20mm |
  • Publication date: 27 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849010382
  • ISBN 13: 9781849010382
  • Sales rank: 51,269

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Annie Leonard, creator of the internet film sensation "The Story of Stuff", viewed over 6 million times, offers an astonishing, galvanizing book that tells the story of all the 'stuff' we use everyday - where our bottled water, mobile phones and jeans come from, how they're made and distributed, and where they really go when we throw them away. Our out-of-control consumption habits are killing the planet and threatening our health, but Annie provides hope that change is within reach. Like "An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring", "The Story of Stuff" will be an instant classic.

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Annie Leonard is an expert in international sustainability and environmental-health issues. Over the past 20 years, during her work for organisations such as Greenpeace, she has established a sterling reputation for her scholarship about and activism against waste-trafficking. With The Story of Stuff her charisma, her infectious curiosity, and her riveting message have extended her reputation far beyond environmentalists to average people of all stripes: she captivates audiences of schoolchildren and congressional sub-committees alike.

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By Charlemagne Caruana 27 Jun 2010 5

A well thought out and researched book about the economic systems that govern global production - from resource extraction till distribution and disposal - and the impact of these practices on people and the environment we all live in. It avoids the pitfalls of attacking the free market model while at the same time highlighting flaws in the system suggesting instead practical solutions based on equity, sustainablilty and respect for the environment. It is a powerful eye-opener, which is why I am rating this book full marks!

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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