You may recognize Annie. She narrates all of our movies. She made our 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.
What took Annie all around the world peering into factories and climbing over dumps? During her career, Annie has coordinated the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, a group that seeks to address the hidden environmental and social impacts of current systems of making, using and throwing away all the stuff of daily life. She has also worked with GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International.
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.