Friday I'm Inspired - The Story of Stuff

Photo by  Bruno Perrin  on  Unsplash

Photo by Bruno Perrin on Unsplash

OK, so I know I'm literally 10 years late to the party, but I just finished watching The Story of Stuff.  Have you seen it?  OMG. 

It's a 20 minute animated video that identifies and dissects the linear economy of consumption that we live in.  It's incredibly simple - just a narrator and an animated infographic - but incredibly informative.  And some of the statistics in the video are nothing short of staggering. 

For instance, did you know that only 1% of consumer goods are still in use 6 months after their purchase date?  That means that of all the things we buy, 99% of them will be disposed of within 6 months.  That shocked the crap out of me.  

This video is not easy to watch; it contains some pretty harsh realities about what our consumer patterns have done to trash the planet and to risk the health of the people involved in the supply chain.  In the end though, I found myself inspired.  Just recognizing that this system exists makes it easier for us to spot it and opt out of it whenever possible.  And it made me feel that, no matter how insignificant our individual efforts may seem, they do make a difference. 

Please give it a watch.  It's only 20 minutes long, very easy to follow, and you'll be surprised how much it blows your mind.