Video: Conceptually, e-waste is a simple concept. Businesses and consumers buy up gadgets that nowadays cost more to repair than re-acquire or upgrade. This causes mountains of toxic-laden trash to pile up in landfills or “recycling” centers overseas. Obviously, not a good thing.
The issue becomes more complex when when you take into account how electronics manufacturers go about designing their products. And let’s not forget the debate over when their responsibilities end: the minute a gadget’s warranty runs out or does it run throughout its entire lifecycle? The Story of Stuff Project’s e-waste video,”The Story of Electronics,” provides a neat, concise look at the issue. Fortunately, some companies are already tackling e-waste, but I think we can all agree that there’s a lot of more to be done.
Visit the “The Story of Electronics” page or watch the video below.
Hat tip to Alan Beazley (@alan_beazley)!
Image credit: The Story of Stuff Project