The Story of “Stuff” & Surviving the holidays without consumerism

Hyperbolic in places but the message is sound.

~ L to the Aura ~

This is the season when consumption skyrockets. The average American spends over $800 on seasonal gifts, even though a national survey (by Center for a new American Dream) indicates that over 70% of Americans would welcome less emphasis on gift giving and spending.

Need proof that people don’t need more “stuff”? The Environmental Protection Agency, estimates that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s household waste increases by more than 25%. That’s an additional million tons of unneeded gifts, packaging and shopping bags – a week! 

It’s very fitting, then, that I share one of my favorite visually appealing explanations of the issues surrounding consumerism – The Story of Stuff – which has now rightly turned into a movement. Check out the video above, and consider re-evaluating how and what you give this season.  Better yet, consider being more intentional with the way you interact with “stuff” all the time.

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I'm a birder in Western Europe (UK, France & Spain) and Central Asia, with occasional visits elsewhere. Birding is my principal hobby and I dedicate as much time around work and other commitments.
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One Response to The Story of “Stuff” & Surviving the holidays without consumerism

  1. Shannon says:

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve not seen this video yet…I can’t believe that I haven’t! I will probably re-post it on my own blog during this holiday season. Everyone needs a good reminder about why it’s good to think BEFORE you buy. Cheers! ~ Shannon

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