I cannot stress enough how much I would recommend that everyone take twenty minutes out of their lives (say, to avoid work or homework) and go right now and watch Annie Leonard's cute-but-momentously-informative web-based documentary, The Story of Stuff.
I have never seen a more wonderful, succinct, easy-to-digest and fun (though also scary) summary of our consumer culture, all of the waste along the way (waste of resources, people, time, environment and consumer products themselves) and the impact all of this has.
Seriously, guys. If you can't watch this now, watch it when you can. Even if you are aware of much of the content, I'll bet you'll learn something new, and it's always good to be reminded of just what goes into making the stuff that we all buy.
When you're done be sure to click on the "10 Recommendations for Another Way." Some of these recommendations are things you're already doing or at least aware of. But again, it's good to be reminded...
Now go watch it!
Okay, then. Watch this short extract form the video, THEN go watch the whole thing.
Can you tell that I thought this was a well-done and informative video? Don't know where you would have gotten an idea like that. But seriously, the more people are aware of what goes in to our consumer culture, the easier it will be to change it.