STUFF: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things
by John C. Ryan & Alan T. Durning
Northwest Environment Watch
1402 3rd Avenue, Seattle WA 98101
1997, 87 pages, $10 paperback
Co-authored by Alan Durning, author of How Much is Enough and This Place on Earth, and John C. Ryan, Stuff tells the ecological truth about 10 items that are a part of our everyday lives, from coffee to cars.
In Stuff, you can find out in detail what it actually takes to bring us our morning cup of coffee, and the knowledge can be overwhelming. A detailed assessment of our daily consumption patterns are brought to light along with suggestions on how we can leave a smaller “ecological wake.”
My only problem with Stuff – other that the fact that it makes me rethink every cup of coffee I drink – is that so much of the burden is placed on the individual consumer. More information is needed on the responsibility of the corporations behind many of these products and the government that could regulate them.
Reviewed by Jason Black, managing editor of Why. magazine, produced by World Hunger Year, in New York City.