“The Story of Stuff”: Trash In, Trash Out

I just watched “The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard and was inspired. I am already one against disposable or individually wrapped goods, so this story really hit home with me. Because I’m a technology guy, I immediately watched “The Story of Electronics” which mentions planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence. For instance, how often do you expect that people ditch an “old” phone and replace it with a newer model? Was this actually necessary, or did the phone have some built-in timer to make it undesirable? Between advertisements and actual design short-comings, that phone was intended to be replaced within a certain time period. This product replacement has costs on both ends that most of us aren’t thinking about.

We [The U.S.] has 5% of the world’s population but we’re consuming 30% of the world’s resources and creating 30% of the world’s waste.


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