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Are Most Electronics Designed For The Dump?

This eight-minute animated video, produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, explains  the concept of “planned obsolescence”—products designed to be replaced as quickly as possible—and its often hidden consequences for tech workers, the environment and us.

The film concludes with an opportunity for you to send a message to electronics companies demanding that they “make ‘em safe, make ‘em last, and take ‘em back.”

Related:
The Importance of eCycling
Love the Earth, Freecycle Your Stuff
How to Recycle…Everything

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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3:43AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

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5:57AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

I have long suspected that everything has planned obsolescence built into it now.

Thanks for the article.

1:07PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

I love the story of stuff project! These people are SO right!!!

5:38AM PDT on May 28, 2011

thanks

1:32PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

It is the responsibility of the manufacturers to take responsibility for their products, even after the sale! Consumers are generally to stupid to take this on board, someone needs to stand up against this revolting wasteful behaviour!

3:15PM PST on Dec 3, 2010

Read an article a few months ago about planned obsolesence
and it saddens me to see money wasted on goods that
are purchased without thoughtful consideration.

2:05PM PST on Dec 2, 2010

Thanks!

3:18PM PST on Nov 24, 2010

Pull everything recyclable out of the garbage dumps, not only electronics, but plastics, metals, cars, etc. These can be broken down and used to make new products. Anything that can't be used could be thrown from a great height into a volcano, but I think everything can be recycled, etc. Also clean the seabed of all manmade litter in the same way. Lots of valuable artifacts on the seabed.

7:22PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

Totally agree. Most of us are completely controlled by consumerism and corporations, our lives have been conditioned to almost not able to live without these electronics. Repairing is so much more expensive than a new one, or just simply not available. Anyway, my old iBook is still around and working (if not a little slow) after 8 years, and that's for watching TV online now as we still refuse to get a TV.

8:06PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Thanks. Today everything is built to be obsolete in year or less.

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