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THE STORY OF THE STUFF

The video explain about how it works a system called ''the material
economy''. This system is in crisis and this system is used to obtain
many products that the people use daily. The first phase of this system is
the '' extraction '' that is where natural resources are exploited but
exceeding the limits and so damaging the planet. The second phase is
the '' production '' where energy is used to mix many chemicals with
natural resources. If continue to be used chemicals in the production of
food and other things, we will continue to have chemicals in all our
homes. Brominated flame retardant (B.F.R.s) is a chemical that makes
the things more resistant to fire but are highly toxic even neurotoxins.
The persons that most suffer of these chemicals are the people who
work in the production factories. In the United States, factories accept
that throw 4,000,000,000 pounds of toxic chemicals per year. The third
phase is the '' distribution '' where costs are externalized this means that
the real cost of the products is not reflected in the price. The people who
pay the cost of these products are who's suffer to make it. Only 1% of
products bought after 6 months are still used in the United States, the
remaining 99% turns out to be junk in 6 months. After the Second World
War, consumerism began to develop as a way of life. Planned
obsolescence is when factories design bad things for that the people buy
more things. Perceived obsolescence is what influences people to
discard products or objects that are still useful but because of the need
to buy more this makes that people throw things that still work. In the
United States 4.5 pounds of garbage per day are thrown away. All the
trash that is throw contaminates greatly and even worse when it is
incinerated as it generates dioxin which is the most toxic synthetic
substance that exists. Recycle help but not enough to save our planet
because not all trash can be recycled. Because of all this is that it is said
to be a system in crisis.