Before You Buy that New iPod…

By - January 21, 2010 (Updated: November 25, 2014)

The Story of StuffI just stumbled upon this 20 minute film about consumerism in America and its effects on the world we live in. I know it’s a bit long for our point-and-click age, but I urge you to take the time to check it out. The Story of Stuff talks about the things we buy – where they come from, what cost they have to the Earth and the people on it, and what happens when we are through with them.

After downsizing massively to move overseas, and then downsizing again to live in our small city loft, this really hit home with me. I get caught up in the consumer race as much as the next person. I enjoy shopping (in small doses) and I like having nice, new things. But the truth is, we need to stop and think about the cost of those shiny, new items, and I’m not talking about the price tag. We need to think about the total cost of the goods we buy.

After checking out the film, have a look at The Story of Stuff website, for more information and more films about consumerism and the stuff we think we need.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Gilbert

    Gilbert January 21, 2010 at 13:14

    It’s a great movie isn’t it.

    Last Year’s Model is a “hold on to your gadget” type site as well

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison January 21, 2010 at 13:33

      Thanks! I’ll check that out right now. I’m feeling better about not buying that new iPhone in Vegas…

  2. Comment by Etienne

    Etienne January 22, 2010 at 09:03

    Nice! I share it with my friends on Facebook. Thx

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison January 22, 2010 at 12:36

      Thanks Etienne! It definitely gives us something to think about 🙂

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