The Story of Electronics is an animated film looking at the environmental problems caused by the disposal of electronic waste.
We are now purchasing and disposing of electronic products at an alarming rate, mostly because products are deliberately designed to be replaced as quickly as possible – ‘designed for the dump’
Over six million electrical items, amounting to one million tonnes, are thrown away in the UK every year. Virtually all this electronic equipment contains toxic materials such as heavy metals which are harmful to people and the planet.
E-waste is often exported to developing countries, where processing is done with little safety protection, exposing workers and the local population to toxins and poisoning their air and water.
The aim of the film is to make us all aware of these hidden impacts and to motivate us to act differently. We all need to be thinking about what electronic products we buy and how we dispose of them. The simplest and cheapest way to take action is to resist the urge to buy yet another gadget. Or we can use our power as consumers to encourage companies to make less toxic, more easily recyclable and longer lasting products.
Watch the film – The Story of Electronics
Take action – Make ‘em Safe, Make ‘em Last, and Take ‘em Back
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