This has been around for a while, but just in case you haven’t seen it, here it is for your instruction. Annie Leonard spent 10 years researching the materials economy and made this incredibly lucid video The Story of Stuff:
That was a while back. Just recently the Story of Stuff Project uploaded a new video, The Story of Broke:
‘So where is all that money going?’
I like the way she never mentions Marx – though she does seem to mean capitalism when she talks about the dinosaur economy.