Annie Leobard made the first movie, The Story of Stuff, and started The Story of Stuff Project back in 2007. Annie had spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She traveled to 40 countries to visit hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped. As Annie witnessed first hand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, she became fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems, so they serve, rather than destroy, ecological sustainability and social equity. Today, Annie is the Co-Director of The Story of Stuff Project.
Annie is currently on the boards of GAIA and Public Citizen and has previously served on the boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India, Greenpeace India, and the International Forum on Globalization. She did her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Cornell, both in New York. She is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Also, Annie Leonard wrote a book called The Story of Stuff, which was published by Free Press (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) in March 2010.
When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her ‘20-minute cartoon about trash.’ Today, with over 15 million views and counting, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.
Annie founded the non-profit Story of Stuff Project in 2008 to respond to tens of thousands of viewer requests for more information and ways to get involved. It creates short, easily shareable online movies that explore some of the key features of our relationship with Stuff—including how we can make things better; it provides high quality educational resources and programs to everyone from teachers and people of faith to business and community leaders; and it support the learning and action of the over 350,000 members of the Story of Stuff community.
Go to the movies of Story of Stuff