The Story of Stuff

Found via a coworker (sometimes spamming works)

The Story of Stuff

This is a video, sponsored by Tides Foundation & Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption and produced by Free Range Studios, combines life action (Anne Leonard‘s narration) with simple animation to get across its point about consumerism and sustainability:

“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.”

You can either watch the video on the site (requires Flash) or you can download a QuickTime copy to view offline. It’s an interesting way to spend 20 minutes. Makes me think a little more about how much I consume that I don’t really need to.

Free Range Studios has produced a number of other videos, including The Meatrix, a series of short films that spoof the Matrix movies with the goal of “educating viewers about the problems with factory farming and today’s meat and dairy supplies”, and Grocery Store Wars, which seeks to “educate consumers about the many benefits of organic products”.