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Everything we buy requires energy to make, precious natural resources and takes a toll on our environment. We can do better when it comes to making and buying stuff. In fact, after watching this video on The Story of Stuff all I could think about was that an easy way for me to help would be to stop buying stuff (unless I really need it). And then when I do buy something I will pay more attention to buying better quality from companies that are better stewards of our resources and better employers of our workers, whether the item comes from the U.S. or abroad. This is a great 20 minute video by Annie Leonard and  Consider watching the video and commenting here on how it has influenced / inspired you. Some additional ideas to think about - what could we do if we need something instead of buying it?  Please let us know what you think.

Carl DeCesare is an Engineering Technology Teacher in the Niskayuna Central School District. "Engineering is about making dreams come true." I recommend as a great place for kids to have fun learning about engineering. He can be reached through Member email.


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Comments on "Don’t Buy Stuff (unless you really need it)"

  1. Dan Gibson's avatar Dan Gibson February 24, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Awesome video. I think we should vote Annie for president! We live in a sick society. I’ve noticed it with my kids too. They just want more stuff and then in six months they want more. Yes I know it is a parenting problem… I’ll try harder. The only problem with not buying anything is that half our economy is based on consumer purchases. Still I think we need to adjust to buying better value or at least demanding better value. There is so much engineered obsolescence that it may take some time. Phones are a good example - no I’m not talking about cell phone which are horrible - but house phones. If they last 3 or 4 years its a miracle. Used to be 10 to 15 years easy. Well enough of this. Bottom line, I loved the video and will recommend it to my kids and many others! Cheers, Dan

  2. Dan Gibson's avatar Dan Gibson February 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I attended a very energetic Transition Troy Movie meeting tonight. The movie was TRASH it echoed much of what you and Annie talk about. Transition Troy is preparing for a citywide push to increase composting. 30-40% of our garbage is good for composting. They already have several comnposting centers set up and plan a lot more with some pick up services planned. The resulting composte will be used in city gardens to grow food! Great job Troy!

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