The Story of Stuff

I was stumbling around the internet today and found this great video on the consumption of goods in the US. The video breaks down the process of creating, buying, selling and trashing goods. The video is only 20 minutes and it provides a great overview of these issues in a kid friendly manner. Here is a quote from their site

What is the Story of Stuff?

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. 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.

I hope that you and your kids get the chance to watch it. Great lesson with some thought provoking material for further discussions!