By Nicole Walters,

Have you ever been to your grandmother’s house and seen kitchen appliances that she bought in the 50s that are still kicking?  And what’s more, they don’t seem like they are going anywhere too quickly.  After I bought my own home a few years ago and started buying newer versions of these appliances I couldn’t help but notice the difference between what I was buying and what I had seen growing up with Grandma.  I kind of assumed that since my products had been outsourced to developing countries so that I could buy them cheaper, that was the reason and left it at that.

Well, Annie Leonard couldn’t leave it at that. She has spent the last 10 years researching the materials economy – the life cycle of all of our stuff – and created this short web-based documentary.  If you’ve got the 20 minutes, it’s a fountain of real eye opening information.