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The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And How We Can Make It Better

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“The intrepid Ann Leonard has written an eye-opening, humorous, and highly readable account of how our seemingly innocuous lifestyles are part of a larger system of destruction and dysfunction. Leonard gets my vote for hero of the year. A must-read.”

—Juliet B. Schor, author of Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth and professor of sociology at Boston College “Where others have documented countless challenges to the Earth and its inhabitants, Annie Leonard has accomplished the rare feat of defining the systemic nature of the problems we face and offering solutions that get to the heart of the matter. Whether you are redesigning industry and commerce or simply imagining a better world for your grandchildren’s grandchildren, Annie’s work will engage you. Read it and be inspired into action.”

—Ray C. Anderson, founder and chairman, Interface, Inc. “At once engaging, accessible, and authoritative, The Story of Stuff is a brilliant masterwork. Leonard weaves together engaging personal stories and encyclopedic knowledge of her subject to communicate a powerful systemic frame and define a spot-on agenda for practical action. I gained new facts, ideas, and inspiration. It gets my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation for anyone interested in why we humans are on a path to self-destruction and what we can do about it.”

—David C. Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning and board chair of YES! magazine “When Annie Leonard came to work at the Center for Study of Responsive Law, she brought a special character—a dynamic curiosity; a willingness to scour the countries of the Earth to understand and document solid and chemical wastes’ production, consumption, and disposal; the intellectual and emotional intelligence to mobilize everyone she could reach to respect the ecosphere; and health and safety concerns. Those dynamic energies permeate her galvanizing, exciting, and fascinating book. You will be bouncing up and down as you are drawn through its pages, graphics, and engrossing stories. Annie Leonard not only knows ‘the story of stuff’—she has the right stuff!”

—Ralph Nader

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451610291
Author:
Leonard, Annie
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
conservation, political science, ecology, environment, green, going green, consumerism, capitalism, waste, The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard, journalism, landfills, trash, toxic, production, al gore, rachel carson, environmental organizations, disposal, r
Subject:
conservation, political science, ecology, environment, green, going green, consumerism, capitalism, waste, The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard, journalism, landfills, trash, toxic, production, al gore, rachel carson, environmental organizations, disposal, r
Subject:
conservation, political science, ecology, environment, green, going green, consumerism, capitalism, waste, The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard, journalism, landfills, trash, toxic, production, al gore, rachel carson, environmental organizations, disposal, r
Subject:
conservation, political science, ecology, environment, green, going green, consumerism, capitalism, waste, The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard, journalism, landfills, trash, toxic, production, al gore, rachel carson, environmental organizations, disposal, r
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
line drawings throughout; index; notes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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Product details 368 pages Free Press - English 9781451610291 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Americans have way too much Stuff , and way too much of it is toxic. Thats the message Annie Leonard has been spreading ever since her college days, and most recently in her short Internet film The Story of Stuff, which has been viewed by over 12 million people. But the film is only the tip of the iceberg.

This astonishing, inspiring book takes her message to an even higher level. In it she outlines the perils of overconsumption as she traces products back to their sources, through their life spans, and forward into their disposal. The Story of Stuff works on all levels as it brings together information on the environment, the economy, and cultures around the world.

With her trademark compassion, curiosity, and playfulness, Leonard gives firsthand accounts of sneaking into dumps and factories around the world; chronicles the lives of Haitian textile workers and Congolese kids working in deadly mines; shows how our health and well-being are compromised by neurotoxins in our pillows and lead in our childrens lunch boxes; and most important, tells us that this is not the way things have to be. She presents concrete steps for taking action that point the way toward saving our health, our communities, and the planet.

From high school kids to their parents in the suburbs, from government officials to people working in corporations, schools, and churches, The Story of Stuff is a life-changing book. Like Rachel Carsons Silent Spring, it will transform the way you think and act.

"Synopsis" by , Annie Leonard tracks the life of the "stuff" we use every day, transforming how we think about our patterns of consumption.
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