The documentary "The Story of Stuff" is short documentary video which is a description of modern day consumption, with a special emphasis on the US. The video is 20 minutes long and goes over the Story of Stuff, from resource extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal. Consumption and waste is a major topic in the video, which raises concern about our consumption driven economy.
The video has been a big hit in and about 6 million peoples have watched the documentary on it´s webpage and about a million more on YouTube. In the US around 7000 schools and congregations have ordered the video on DVD and hundreds of teachers have contacted the author, Annie Leonard. Since The Story of Stuff was launched online on December 4, 2007, the site has been visited by people in over 224 countries and territories around the world, and the website has received thousands of requests for the film to be translated. An international site has been launched been, which includes translated versions of the films with subtitles, as well as the contact information for the organizations around the world that did the translations.
Annie Leonard is a former Greenpeace worker and criticisms have been made about the video, claiming it to be one-sided feature and anti-capitalistic. On the whole, the video has started some debates about environmental issues of all sorts of nature. Open Discussions about environmental issues from both sides always promotes healty dialouge, which should be welcomed by everyone.
To view the webpage go to The Story of Stuff