Just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, a new video addresses how our manufactured need for the latest gadget endangers our health and environment: The Story of Electronics.
In the video, The Story of Stuff project explains the concept “planned obsolescence”—products designed to be replaced as quickly as possible—and its often hidden consequences for tech workers, the environment and us. It’s a story we can relate to because we all have the pile of chargers for gadgets we no longer use and may very well have had the same experience as Annie Leonard when she tried to get a DVD player repaired: just having it looked at by a repair person is often more expensive than buying a new one.
Leonard says something critical toward the end of the 8-minute video.
“But the truth is: we are never going to just shop our way out of this problem because the choices available to us at the store are limited by choices of designers and policymakers outside of the store. That’s why we need to join with others to demand stronger laws on toxic chemicals and on banning e-waste exports.”
- Sign Care2′s petition to demand that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulate E-waste
- Support the Electronics Take Back Coalition’s efforts to stop the export of toxic e-waste for so-called recycling
Image courtesy of The Story of Stuff