The Story of Stuff and Yes to Carrots Make an Impact

February 6, 2011

As more people research and discuss the impacts of the human population on the Earth, the emphasis on being environmentally aware and going green are increasing. Some things that are discussed in the news are hard to comprehend for the common person without a ton of research so it is always nice when someone else does the research and simplifies the need-to-knows. One person who has done this in Annie Leonard with her Allegheny College sponsored The Story of Stuff Project.

Leonard lays out the bare basic facts of the creation of goods and the materials that are used, plus the waste that is produced and how it is, or is not dealt with. She has several stories in short video form all which can be viewed on the website, they include:

  • The Story of Stuff
  • The Story of Electronics
  • The Story of Cosmetics
  • The Story of Bottled Water
  • The Story of Cap and Trade

On March 1, 2011, the newest video will be released, The Story of Citizens vs. FEC.

After viewing The Story of Cosmetics, the concern for the chemicals that are used in households daily chores, such as showering and bathing, invoked more research of truly organic companies. This led to the shampoo/conditioner aisle in the local department store where after reading labels and searching the countless brands, one brand seems to stand true to producing organic products. The brand is Yes to Carrots, which includes all of Yes to categories of

  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Baby Carrots

These all are based on the natural qualities that these fruits/vegetables improve and should be used for human skin, lips, hair, and face. They also offer the line of Baby Carrots, which is 100% natural and is an entire care line for babies.

Between these two companies, The Story of Stuff Project and Yes to Carrots, people have the research in front of them to choose to be more aware and live a greener and healthier existence if they want. The first step is just the awareness that alternatives are available and within reach.



Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.