25 Green Days of Christmas

Day 19, 2007

The Story of Stuff or The Story of Food or Santa's Little Workshop

A co-worker sent me a link today to a video (I'm dating myself) called The Story of Stuff by Free Range Studios. After reading an accompanying synopsis I replied, "It could be called The Story of Food." And after watching the movie, that statement is truer than I knew. It's the same stuff.

The title of The Story of Stuff sums up what this movie is about. It's narrated by a young woman, Anne Leonard. Behind her are elementary black line illustrations that are charming in their simplicity. Nothing else about the movie is elementary however. It moves fast and is packed with information.

At the beginning of the movie I felt like taking to my bed because of all my stuff and everybody else's stuff but then I realized, No. Damn it. I'm excited. Excited that this young woman is passionate and knowledgeable about the consequences of materialism. Excited that people are watching this. Excited that the conversation of where we get our stuff, produce it, buy it and throw it away is being talked about. Excited that I'm becoming more aware.

Excited that we care.

And when the movie was over I got up and turned off three lights I wasn't using and the heater. And the radio. And I unplugged the cell phone charger that wasn't being used too. She's good.

The entire movie is 20 minutes and if you're in a hurry you can watch a four minute segment by clicking onto any one of the major points of stuff. Or you can skip right to the happy ending called Another Way.


Donna said...

Hi Katrina,
Boy oh boy...after watching The Story of Stuff my green faded to almost gray. But she gave us a great path to follow...so guess I'll start, one step at a time. I'm learning so much from you Kale for Sale...Thank you!
Love, Oivia

Anonymous said...

I watched the video (and you're not dating yourself -- you tube calls them videos, don't they?). Lots of good info in there and a great hard hitting message. Though I thought it was a bit simplistic and overgeneralizing at times. Still, I wish lots of people would watch it. The 10 tips (another way) were great -- lots of very simple things that people can do. I get more and more dismayed over time as I see how consumerist our society is, and that feels the hardest at Christmastime, when we are very unsubtletly (is that a word?) told to buy buy buy. Each year I find myself resisting it more and more.

And being in Hong Kong was buy buy buy to the extreme. It's a "shopper's paradise" if you happen to be a shopper. I couldn't wait to get out of there.

My friend, thank you so much for continuing to find and post and teach, one day at a time, one person at a time.

Anonymous said...

I loved the story of stuff...I feel very hopeful about the possibilities of change to come.
Thank you for passing it on!