The Story of Stuff
IN THIS SUMMARY
Consumers in industrialized countries purchase huge numbers of products every year. Yet, the way the raw materials for these items are manufactured, distributed, consumed, and disposed of is killing the planet. Additionally, these processes are reinforced by economic systems that value growth more environmental or human welfare. In The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard analyzes in great detail how materials flow through the economy, from the point of extraction to how they are disposed of by consumers. She highlights how existing systems are flawed, but can be changed to improve the environment and quality of life for all.