The Secret Life of Stuff: A Manual for a New Material World

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Like The Omnivore's Dilemma, this inventory of how we consume stuff is a wake-up call -- shocking but inspiring.
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Climate change? Biofuels? Nuclear power? Landfills? Recycling? Non-renewables? Environmental issues can feel overwhelming. But, in fact, it is simple; it all comes down to one thing -- stuff.

How we use the earth's resources -- whether a slice of bread or a cargo ship, a cotton shirt or a nuclear reactor -- effects our environment. In The Secret Life of Stuff, Julie Hill takes a journey through everything around us and how we use it. She uncovers the true origin and cost of stuff and, while her inventory will shock, it is the first step towards overcoming waste. Over-consumption is not your fault, but it is not something you can ignore either. Hill shows how politicians, business people and we, as consumers and citizens, together can create a new, and better, material world.

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JULIE HILL has worked in the environment movement for twenty-five years, for leading environmental group Green Alliance, as well as for businesses and government. She counts her experiences as parent, consumer and citizen to be just as relevant to The Secret Life of Stuff as those generated by being a life-long environmentalist.

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"Part of the charm of this calm but devastating 'manual for a new material world' is that Hill is genuinely interested in where her stuff comes from. . . . we can read about the secret lives of wine glasses and the weird metals in mobile phones, of Styrofoam cups and night soil, and analyse the ecological footprints of electronic book readers and packets of crisps, without being bludgeoned by guilt."  —Independent

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