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Published January 1st 1997 by Northwest Environment
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Very informative!!! Sustainability class instructor required us to read this little 88 page book. I think everyone in his/her lifetime should read this book and try to be more eco-friendly.
Here's the ebook link:
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This short little book goes through a handful of things most of us use every day and take for granted, like cars, computers, and food, and describes all the resources that went into creating and delivering them. That's why I read it, and insofar as it delivered, it was an interesting book. But most of it was just environmentalist moralizing, tsk-tsk-tsk, shame on you, you mean old consumers. Be "friendlier" to the Earth and clean up your act (as if the problem was unfriendliness and dirt.) This ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book. It's short but it covers the gamut of environmental issues. Also touches on health, toxins, human rights and more. It gently helps you pause and think about ways you can reduce your impact, but it doesn't come across as judgmental at all. Yes, it's 20 years old, but the message still has power. Should be required reading for all.
Lei Koopmans
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
STUFF, The Secret Lives of Everyday Things by John C. Ryan Alan Thein Durning

In this book, John explains the secret lives that everyday materials go through before becoming into their complete state. It is based on a typical North American day, and is detailed to the point that there is no single detail that could possibly be missing. He includes things like his morning coffee, his car and bike, and his shoes he wears. He explains how they are manufactured, and every step it took to become the
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: zack landau
Shelves: environmental
A group of us went out to lunch together and the topic of ordering vegetarian meal came up, and in turn this brought about the California water crisis. A friend brought in this book and introduced me to it, I am blown away that the information is from 1997 yet still holds true. How was I so not informed in my school days and not until recently was educated on the topic of consumption/earth balance/meat industry?

A good read for anyone who is willing to listen and reconsider their lifestyle from
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Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERY ONE
Shelves: a-must, nonfiction
on average, people in the US dispose of 5lbs. of waste every day.
this book breaks down the cycle that we take part in on a daily basis and it is pretty involved.
i can attribute this book in part, to the inspiration that i had to have one week out of every month where i do not purchase any products that have any thing to do with adding to the landfills, even eliminating recycleables; bringing reusable bags every where i go, eating at home, ect. it is quite challenging.
try it out if you like.
should be required reading for EVERY child in the 1st World. What we either never bother to think about or bluntly chose not to see this book highlights the hidden effects of EVERY SINGLE THING WE USE IN OUR DAILY LIVES... be it a cup of coffee... or the book itself that tells us all... very powerful and depressing... but STUFF WE GOTTA KNOW, More importantly, STUFF WE HAVE GOT TO OWN UP TO and BE RESPONSIBLE FOR.
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good for what it was. It took some everyday activities and tracked in detail how all of the stuff involved was created. It didn't stress trying to change anyone (just a few comments here and there about how to reduce waste). It was more about creating awareness.

It's also not a terribly exciting book, but it's relatively short, just long enough to give some good examples without dragging on.
Jason Marciak
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ryan and Durning's Stuff is a must read for anyone interested in the full workings of their actions of consumption and production. It opens the mind to the full life of our objects and the effects that ideology of rampant, no holds barred capitalism has on the natural environment and civilization as a whole. An excellent read.
Christa - Ron Paul 2016
This was an interesting book about hoarders and some of the problems they face with getting rid of their things. Barriers in their minds that some people may not realize at all, and others see in themselves. One or two chapters were rather boring, but when she was talking about real stories I found it interesting.
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enviro
Awesome little book! Easy read. Very informative! It goes over the resources used in making a specific product (e.g. a t-shirt, a hamburger, a newspaper, coffee, cars, etc), using it, and disposing of it. The information is presented in a fun, easy-to-read manner. I've assigned this as a textbook in a lot of my classes. Students really love it!
Apr 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the Zero Waste blog, learning about food issues, and reading other books about stuff and the environment, I don't think this adds much of anything new. But it was published in the late 90's, which may have inspired the resources I have access to today.
Nov 16, 2007 rated it liked it
This book describes a lot about the supply chains of everyday goods and how they impact the environment. Though each chapter ends with suggestions about how to make things better, the overall tone of the book is nevertheless a bit down/depressing. Nevertheless, a decent read.
Apr 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Very cool book. Drives the point home that we live in a global world. It's a short and easy read
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Informative, depressing.
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good quick read. ya, where does the "stuff" of everyday come from. What is the foot print of my easy livin.
May 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know where their stuff comes from!
A quick, fun, informative read that gives you a basic idea where all your everyday items come from, how they're made, and how many resources went into making them.
Danielle H
Feb 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful and informative.
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it
imformative, but very discouraging
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good. Hope they come out with an updated version.
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“In our personal lives, we can seek to align our behavior with our values. We can live more simply, at once reducing environmental impacts, saving money, and leading by example. In our public lives—in our workplaces and in our democracy—we can advocate for dramatic reforms in the systems that shape our consumption patterns. We can, for example, advocate the elimination of perverse taxpayer subsidies such as those that make aluminum too cheap and undammed rivers too rare. And we can promote an overhaul of the tax system. If governments taxed pollution and resource depletion, rather than paychecks and savings, prices would help unveil the secret lives of everyday things. Environmentally harmful goods would cost more and benign goods would cost less. The power of the marketplace would help propel the unstuffing of North American life.” 0 likes
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