. . . or Does Our Stuff Own Us?

Some months ago I linked to the insightful and wince-producing short film The Story of Stuff, noting that the film alerts us to the true cost of the ever-growing piles of stuff that crowd our homes and garages. The  creation, distribution and disposal of  all that stuff carries enormous costs that are not reflected in the price tags of those “cheap”  products on the shelves.

Now the film’s creator, Annie Leonard, has published a book on the same subject with even more detail about the hidden costs of planned obsolescence and overconsumption. I’ll have a radio commentary on this subject and the “New Normal” of post-recession America in a few days.

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