Tag Archive: Consumerism

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It is the original Story of Stuff video ….over 5 yrs old but not dated. It’s the story of all the stuff in our lives, from its extraction through sale, use and disposal, which affects communities at home and abroad, and yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. An absolute classic!!!

Less Stuff, More Happiness

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

Balancing Energy-Efficiency <br/>With Our Lust for Electronics?

Balancing Energy-Efficiency
With Our Lust for Electronics?

Most home appliances have become more efficient over the past 30 years, but those gains have been offset by the influx of personal computers, televisions and related devices, according to data released recently by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Over the past three decades, the share of residential electricity used by appliances and electronics in U.S. homes has nearly doubled from 17 percent to 31 percent.

The New “Slow” Movement….Slow Shopping

The New “Slow” Movement….Slow Shopping

I get a little excited every time a new "slow" movement comes along. I thought Slow Food -- linking enjoyment of food to sustainable communities -- was the coolest when it came over from Italy more than a decade ago, and the concept of paying a little more time and attention to our communities, our money and a slew of other daily habits always made sense too me. Whether I'm eating dinner with my family or choosing where my 401K money should go, I'm drawn to the idea that slowing down to consider and savor will lead to more satisfying choices. (Full disclosure: I'm the most deficit-disordered multi-tasker I know.)