Annie Leonard decided to explore where the stuff she uses in her everyday life comes from as well as where it goes when she is finished with it. After lots of research on the materials economy, she created a cartoon to share her findings, including the processes involved with the extraction, production, distribution, and consumption of things we commonly use. She discovered many negative consequences resulting from the current system, including wasted resources and devastated communities. The Story of Stuff Project is a non-profit created to help educate others about how we can work to find solutions to these problems.
To learn more about how you can conduct a waste audit to evaluate your consumption, visit Green Schools Initiative and The Global Footprint Network.