How to Stop Toxic E-Waste and The Story of Electronics (Video)

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.”

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Image courtesy of The Story of Stuff


LMj Sunshine

Interesting, thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Interesting, thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Interesting, thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Interesting, thank you.

Terry V.
Terry V.4 years ago


Liev Black
Liev Black5 years ago

ruth a., I think we ARE ready for it. More ready than we are for catastrophic climate change that makes life completely unlivable on this planet.

Stop buying stuff you don't need! It's the only way to save our children's and our grandchildren's lives.

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

Good article and interesting video.

Klaus P.
Klaus Peters5 years ago

I guess the greedy companies make things obsolete with the help of governments, no matter who we vote for. I am stuck with CTR TV's, CTR computer monitors and computers. I would like to loose them, but not in a land fill. It is cluttering up my place, but I am reluctant to dump them into a land fill. I made a full stop to buy any new technology until, like few countries, actually recycle obsolete electronics and retrieve gold, silver, copper, brass, plastic and other materials. This is not yet possible in OZ unless I do it myself, sorry I do not have the know how or facility to do that. Sure if I had the money to do that, I would, but I am a pensioner and am very concerned for the future of my offsprings, who do not yet realize the meaning of pollution and global warming.

Amy Lou
Amy Lou5 years ago

Perhaps we should be switching off all those gadgets around the house and holding Earth Hour a lot more than once a year!

Nicole Boivin
Nicole Boivin5 years ago, the producer of this video clearly missed this company in the USA not Nigeria, recycling now.