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The Human Cost of Stuff
In DepthExplore Section
From the Editors
After Rana Plaza: Let’s Bring Humanity Back Into Our Stuff
We all know our stuff doesn’t grow on store shelves. Here’s how we can rehumanize our relationship with our things—and the people who make them.Read more
The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can't just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power.Annie Leonard
Factory owners in the United States say that the Trans-Pacific Partnership—which is being negotiated this week in Brunei—will force them to lay off workers. Yet opponents in Washington are few and far between.
Fair trade is good, but it still leaves cocoa growers in poverty. Here’s how to do better.
Marie Hogan confronted Hershey’s about using children in its supply chain because she cares about other kids, fairness—and candy. Here’s what we can learn from her.
Lured from Mexico into forced labor at an American factory, Flor Molina’s human trafficking story was typical. What’s remarkable is what she did next.
From sharing to repairing, the inspiration you need to lighten your load.
Just the Facts
What do we really trade for all of the cheap stuff we buy?
The future of corporate responsibility means hearing firsthand from factory workers about their conditions.
Our throwaway electronics harm people overseas, but new trends in responsible design are not just smart—they’re kind.
It was only after experiencing the abundance of stuff in the United States that Simon Okelo learned to value life with less, the way he grew up.
The best measure of the value of a thing may be this: “How many ways can I use this? How many other things will I not have to buy?”
Solutions We LoveExplore Section
Photographer Jane Feldman on earning the trust of beloved world leaders—and capturing their laughter.
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year-olds in rural America, and Native American kids are hit the hardest. After Indian Valley lost its sixth teenager, residents started talking about suicide out in the open—and it's working.
While banning the use of bee-killing pesticides is crucial, planting your yard with flowers instead of grass helps, too.
A Montana-based nonprofit is moving to preserve 3.5 million acres of the Great Plains.
And 14 other grannies who are shaking up the world.
I've respectfully informed my alma mater that, until it divests its holdings in the fossil fuel industry—coal, oil, tar sands, and fracked natural gas—I will not donate another cent.
The Page That Counts
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Culture ShiftExplore Section
Yes! But How?