Magazine article New Internationalist

The Story of Stuff

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Story of Stuff

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The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard (Constable ISBN 9781849010382)

This book began life as a viral video phenomenon that has been watched 10 million times. In a sprightly 20 minutes - and with disarming ease - Leonard unpacked the lifecycle of consumer goods.

So popular is the video that Leonard's 10-year study has been turned into a book, soon to be available in eight languages and as a downloadable audio file.

Thankfully, Leonard's writing style is as engaging as her movie-making, drawing upon her experience in international anti-waste trafficking and incineration campaigns.

Thanks to the combination of specialization and production chains that span the globe, we consumers rarely get to see the whole picture. This book joins the dots, showing the impacts of resource extraction on local communities and the environment, making the link between games consoles, civil war, rape and rainforest destruction. …

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