Archive for March, 2009

Where Does All That “Stuff” Come From?

by Shelby Stanger

Ever wonder how that little radio you bought for less than $5 at Radio Shack was made? Where did the materials come from, who assembled it, how did it make it all the way to your local store for less than five bucks, and where does it go when you throw it away?

Recently, I happen to stumble upon Annie Leonard’s “Story of Stuff” The 20-minute web documentary gives viewers an easy-to-understand view of the production cycles of every day goods we consume and what happens to them when we are done with them, what she calls the “materials economy.” Some may argue the video oversimplifies global production cycles, but it conjures a laundry list of connections between consumerism and how buying “stuff” affects social and environmental issues. It also might just make you think a little more before you buy something you don’t really need.