The story of electronics

Following on from “The Story of Stuff”, Annie Leonard has produced another video showing the story of electronics.

The basic idea is the same — we have been clever and produced lots of cheap electronics, but at the same time we produced lots of bad side effects that have remained hidden until now, and the planet can’t take it any more.

Her key message is that we need to get the companies that produce these products to take them back at the end of their life — that is the only way to get them to start designing products that can be more easily repaired and recycled.

Annie also gives the best explanation I have ever seen of what “externalising costs” means.

Seven minutes viewing time very well spent:

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