I came across The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard in March 2009, loved it, and immediately had to write about it. In the 20 minute cartoon video Annie describes in clear, simple terms how demand for stuff is created, the life cycle of stuff — all kinds of stuff — and what stuff is doing to our world.
Once again, with her characteristic clarity and simplicity, Annie has a tale to tell and this time it’s the Story of Bottled Water. This 8 minute video gives you the basic run-down of how we came to believe that bottled was better than tap, and in what ways this is not true.
The issue of bottled water is an important one. If you want to know more, select the “Water” category on LocalDelicious.com where you’ll find articles, movies, and links to related organizations and resources.
It’s about needing to use sustainable practices because eating local means the land has to feed us for generations. It’s about shipping food less thereby reducing our carbon footprint. It’s about improved taste and variety. It’s about knowing where my food comes from, what it’s made of, and not putting things in my mouth that have names I cannot pronounce.
And, it’s a host of other, somewhat vague concerns about what our food practices are doing to the places where we get that food.
It was vague, that is, until I watched The Story of Stuff. Embedded in this smart, fast-paced video is the information that gets buried and muffled in economic and international policy jargon, but that we all need to know.
It’s easy to watch, easy to follow, easy to understand. And instead of leaving you wondering what to do, it’ll make you feel like a more empowered consumer with an incentive to start making smarter choices.
This is an exposé that we all need to see. See the full video at The Story of Stuff, or catch a sneak preview below…