Many today have come to the conclusion that a significant part of environmental degradation ultimately originates from our society's compulsive drive to consume more than is strictly necessary.
Population growth, combined with an ever-increasing and widespread demand for goods that can hardly be considered as essential, bear a high cost on the environment.
Reducing our own consumption, and making choices aimed to simplify our life and limit its impact on the environment make important conservation steps.
When you buy something, do not do it compulsively. Consider whether you really need that thing. Possibly realize that the more you own, the more your life tends to become complex and cumbersome. If you can, try to make it simple instead.
The world's major religions have always advocated a frugal life. Whether you are a religious person or not, try to reduce waste and aim to make your lifestyle as environmentally sustainable as you can.
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.