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New short film from the Story of Stuff, co-produced by the Polaris Institute:


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Bottled Water Free Day Update:

Thank you to everyone who helped make Canada’s Bottled Water Free Day such a huge success!  On March 11th thousands of Canadians from coast to coast participated in events that highlighted the negative impacts of bottled water.  In the end more than 60 universities and campuses organized events, there were over 60 media stories covering the day, and nearly 4000 Canadians signed a personal pledge to not drink bottled water.

Stay tuned for updates at www.bottledwaterfreeday.ca

WORLDWIDE RELEASE – The Story of Bottled WaterWatch it NOW

RELEASED TODAY!  The Polaris Institute is proud to co-release the Story of Bottled Water – a 7 minute animated film exposing the truth about bottled water.  Co-produced by the Story of Stuff Project, the Polaris Institute and other leading organizations, the film exposes the bottled water industry and makes the case for the public tap.

Take action now in 3 easy steps:

1. Watch the video online – click here to see the film

2. Visit www.storyofbottledwater.org for additional resources and information

3. Send this email to 5 friends and encourage them to find out the real Story of Bottled Water

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 If you liked The Story of Stuff and the messages it conveys please share it far and wide. Host a screening at a house party, or classroom, or church group, or neighborhood association or any other location.
You can download the film HERE.

To make things easy, we’ve compiled just about everything you need to organize a successful event here:

Tips for Holding a Party (PDF)
Invitations (PDF)
Taking Action (PDF)
Group Activities (PDF)
Discussion Guide (PDF)
8.5in x 11in Screening Poster (PDF)
11in x 17in Screening Poster (PDF)

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Just watched the Story of Stuff and feeling inspired to do more?! Wonderful! One of the fabulous things about working on this stuff is that there are so many ways to get involved.

You can spread the word by screening the film. You can green your school or house of worship. You can call your senator. You can volunteer with one of the great organizations engaged in this work and the list goes on and on. There is no single simple thing to do, because the set of problems we’re addressing just isn’t simple. But everyone can make a difference, but the bigger your action the bigger the difference you’ll make.

Whatever it is that excites you– there is a way to plug in.

Stop by Campaign Corner to get a sample of incredible organizations doing the work to push us towards Another Way of doing things. You can’t help but want to take action.

For some other ideas on where to start check out Annie’s list of 10 Little and Big Things You Can Do.

SoS Networks

Host a Screening

Campaign Corner

Connect with an NGO

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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute film that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture—from resource extraction to iPod incineration.

Annie Leonard, an activist who has spent the past 10 years traveling the globe fighting environmental threats, narrates the Story of Stuff, delivering a rapid-fire, often humorous and always engaging story about “all our stuff—where it comes from and where it goes when we throw it away.”

Leonard examines the real costs of extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal, and she isolates the moment in history where she says the trend of consumption mania began. The Story of Stuff examines how economic policies of the post-World War II era ushered in notions of “planned obsolescence” and “perceived obsolescence” —and how these notions are still driving much of the U.S. and global economies today. Leonard’s inspiration for the film began as a personal musing over the question, “Where does all the stuff we buy come from, and where does it go when we throw it out?” She traveled the world in pursuit of the answer to this seemingly innocent question, and what she found along the way were some very guilty participants and their unfortunate victims.

Written by Leonard, the film was produced by Free Range Studios, the makers of other highly popular web-based films such as “The Meatrix” and “Grocery Store Wars.” Funding for the project came from The Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption and Tides Foundation.

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