The Story of Electronics

The Story of Electronics employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill.

Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green ‘race to the top’ where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.

Our production partner on the electronics film is the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, which promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry.

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Story of Electronics



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20 thoughts on “The Story of Electronics

  1. My Dell PC is 7 years old and I am happy to keep using it. No matter for clothes, electronic and cosmetics, I realise that I have more than I need. As long as stoping believing on the illusion sell on midea and advertising, I actually have all I need.

  2. The Story of Ecology: a group of lazy socialists that spend millions of dollars worth of our money to debate climate changes in Paris, as our cities lack basic water and sewage infrastructure.

  3. I have rescued a lot of electronics from dumpsters. Each one of us can make a small difference even without training.

  4. what about SOFTWARE and SOFTWARE UPDATES obsolescence?.. maybe this video is a bit old for that… a windows 95 machine is not slower AT ALL compared to modern PCs, nobody cares, maybe neighter i do

    i don't see a concrete solution for this at the moment, and i think that CARS is the worst polluter, working in factories is bad, but "bad chemicals" are just wherever, we get more cancers than our ancestors bcs we are literally immersed in chemical stuff, electronics are not so bad compared to what we breath or eat or wear

  5. This is the fucking dumbest thing i have ever watched. They are encouraging to stop the rapid development of this. This is the dumbest thing ever. Change my mind

  6. You need to have a computer and phone to function in modern day society. Electronics are already pretty pricey and any of this would just make them more so. Some of us are broke and can barely afford to get the devices we need as is. I'd also say that you should deal with the pollution problem in third world countries by making devices safe for them to recycle, rather than taking away their job by not sending them anything.

  7. How about you point people to sites such as ifixit. Most of the stuff we see as tough or even "impossible" to repair are not that hard. Also, PC's are modular , I dunno where you got the idea that they aren't. Even Macs are somewhat modular. You should let people know about Free Geek which recycles electronics properly and is non-profit.

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