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i lJl .. LJJ j'.nJ"JL"m', ....... Page 4D BUSINESS  Hays Free Press • January 20, 2010 Too much 'stuff' " rost of us are survey- [ /| ing the damages JL • .L fight now. All the packages are unwrapped and scattered under the tree; the credit cards are m axed out; we're exhausted. Now we have to deride where to put all the new stuff, especially those new gadgets for which we waited in line during the wee hours after Thanksgiving because we just had to have them. "Less than 1 percent of all the consumer goods bought and sold during the holi- day season will be in use six months from now," says An- nie Leonard in "The Story of Stuff," a short film produced by Free Range Studios and available for free at http:/i www.StoryOfStuff.com. "The Story of Stuff" chron- icles the life of consumer goods from the "cradle to the grave" and offers an alterna- tive vision to our consumerist culture. Leonard points out that we have lost our identi- ties as mothers, farmers, fire- men, teachers, ete,; we have become consumers. Indeed, we are defined by what we consume and are targeted demographically by stuff peddlers from infancy to old age. In our culture, we feel awkward if we don't have "the right stuff" -- fashionable clothes, flashy"bling" and the newest techno-gadgets. What we often don't see are the consequences of our national addiction to stuff. Many of us see more ad- vertisements in one year than our grandparents did in their whole lifetimes. We consume twice as much as they did as a result. Our houses are twice as big; our waistlines are bigger; and our savings accounts are considerably smaller. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world's population but consumes 30 percent of the world's resourc- es and creates 30 percent of the world's waste, according to "The Story of Stuff." We al- ready have used one-third of the world's natural resources and quickly are chewing our way through the rest. Melissa Everett, execu- tive director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, defines ' "sustainable living" as "not filling a spiritual need with a material thing." People buy stuff for many reasons, but for a substantial segment of our population, shopping is an" addiction, "Compulsive shopping or spending can be a seasonal balm for the depression, anxi- ety andloneliness during the December holiday season," says professor Ruth Engs of Indiana University. If living more simply is one of your NewYear's resolutions, here are a few suggestions: • Author and therapist April Lane Benson, who wrote "I Shop, Therefore I Am," recom- mends that before you make an impulse purchase, ask yourself: Why am I here? How. do I feel? Do I need this? What ifI wait? How will I pay for it? Where will I put it? • Buy used or borrow things from friends and neighbors before buying new things. • Repair and mend rather than replace; upgrade com- puters instead of buying new ones. • Develop habits of zero waste. Use both sides of paper; carry your own mugs and shopping bags; get printer cartridges refilled instead of replaced; compost food scraps; avoidbottled water and other over-packaged products. • "The average person in the U.S. watches TVfor more than four hours a day," notes "The Story of Stuff." "Four hours each day are filled with messages about stuff we should buy. Those are four hours that could be spent with family, friends and in our • community." Shawn Dell /oyce is an award- winning columnist and founder of the Walllcill River School in Orange Coun- ty, N.Y You can contact her at Shown @ ShawnDellJoyce. co m. COPYRIGHT 2009 CREATORS. COM " I HURRY! OFFER ENDS MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010. Limited tickets available, so sign up someone todog! 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