This is only related to beer insofar as beer, like every consumer good, is a part of the materials economy. I originally found out about this when Greg Koch of Stone Brewing tweeted it a couple of days ago, and I only had a chance to watch the video, The Story of Stuff, on Sunday. It’s about 20 minutes long but quite worthwhile and interesting if you like that sort of thing. It’s a great overview of the materials economy, it’s history, design and and why it’s doomed to fail. So what is The Story of Stuff? Here’s how the website describes it:
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
Again, it’s not directly about beer, only indirectly, but it it is quite illuminating.