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.”

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Samioneric Samioneric
Past Member 2 years ago

Congrats you individuals are doing with this blog site.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

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

Thanks for the article.

Irene S.
Irene S.4 years ago

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

Masha Samoilova
Past Member 5 years ago


Hester Goedhart
Eternal Gardener5 years ago

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!

Kay O.
Kay O.5 years ago

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.

Julianna D.
Juliana D.5 years ago


Adam K.
Douglas K.5 years ago

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.

Alicia B.
Alicia C.5 years ago

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.

jane richmond
jane richmond5 years ago

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