Freshkills Park Blog

The Story of Stuff

Some required viewing for anyone concerned with consumption habits: The Story of Stuff.  The 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled story takes you on a provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture.  From resource extraction through sale, use and disposal, the video looks at all the stuff in our lives and how it affects communities at home and abroad.

Update: The New York Times has run a story on The Story of Stuff, how it has become a hit in classrooms across the nation and how some school groups have responded to some of the video’s more intense messages.


May 8, 2009 - Posted by | FKP | , , ,


  1. Thanks – love this!

    Comment by LizaM | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. This kind of message is exactly what’s needed in the public education plan for the new Freshkills Park. The magnitude/beauty of the FK landscape makes it easy to forget that it’s built on our waste. The new visitor’s center (when it’s built) would be a perfect place to present comprehensive public education on overconsumption, and where NYC’s trash actually goes now (poor communities in other states and countries– exactly as described in the Story of Stuff).

    Comment by NR | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hi NR–Thanks! Our current educational outreach about the park includes a primer on the New York City waste management system, and when we present to school groups, we partner with someone from the Center for the Environment for NYC Office of Recycling Outreach and Education, who talks about the benefits of recycling and composting, what can and can’t be recycled and where our garbage goes. These lessons will definitely be a big component of the educational programming we do at the visitor’s center once we open it.

    Comment by freshkillspark | May 14, 2009 | Reply

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