Book about consumerism: The Story of Stuff

‘How our obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities and our health – and a vision for change’. Yes, she immediately says the right thing huh? This is what Annie Leonard says about ‘The Story of Stuff’, this line is written on the front of the book. I read it during my holiday on Texel and I loved it! The book opened my eyes.

The Story of Stuff Book

The Story of Stuff is a book about our extreme consumerism. It explains everything you need to know about the life-cycle of the stuff we buy. How it was produced and how it came to us. It makes you realize what an impact is has when someone buys something (and we buy a lot these days). But what struck me most was her vision on our lifestyle. Why is economic growth so important to us? What do we really measure when we talk about the GDP and is that even important? It basically means that we think that the more stuff we have, the happier we will be. News flash: we’re wrong there.

‘Those who know they have enough, are rich’

Tao To Ching

The Story of Stuff Film

The Story of Stuff is an addition to the internet-film made by Annie Leonard, which I would also recommend. It is a short film of 22 minutes, it basically is a short cut of the book. Good to watch, but surely good to read the book. The Story of Stuff Youtube page has a lot of ‘The Story of’-videos, like the The Story of Cosmetics or The Story of Bottles Water. Good to watch if you want to learn about a specific topic.

Anne Leonard

Annie Leonard is a big example to me. A great example of how just one person can make a huge change in the world. Annie was intrigued by stuff and trash from a young age. When she was older, she decided to travel the world and see what happens to the planet because of consumerism. Yet more importantly: she went to see what the stuff does to us. Do we really get happier from buying stuff? Most people don’t even think about this. And a really, really good thing at the end of the book: activism. She explains how you can send letters to companies, letting them know you want things to change!

This book changed my perspective, on different levels. I hope it will change yours too. We don’t get happier by working all day long to buy stuff we don’t need. Happiness does not lie within stuff.

Yours sincerely,
Romee

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