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The Story of Electronics

Annie Leonard explains why “designed for the dump” electronics are toxic to people and the planet … and what to do about it.


Story of Electronics, video still Hard to upgrade, easy to break, and impractical to repair, most of the electronic products we use are “designed for the dump"—made to be perpetually replaced, not to last.

Annie Leonard, the creator of The Story of Stuff, The Story of Cap & TradeThe Story of Cosmetics, and The Story of Bottled Water, is at it again, explaining why this cycle creates unnecessary consumerism and pollutes our Earth with toxic chemicals. Annie has partnered with the Electronics TakeBack Coalition to show us how we can get electronics corporations to stop externalizing the costs of toxins and accept responsibility for their e-waste.


Video produced by Free Range Studios and Electronics TakeBack Coalition.

See more of Annie Leonard's videos:

  • The Story of Stuff
: The Story of Stuff will take you on a provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture—from resource extraction to iPod incineration—exposing the real costs of our use-it and lose-it approach to stuff.
  • The Story of Cap & Trade: 
Asking tough questions about who cap and trade really benefits—and whether it will make a difference in averting catastrophic climate change.
  • The Story of Bottled Water
: Should you be worried about your tap water? Yes, but not for the reason you expected.
  • The Story of Cosmetics: What's in your shampoo, anyway? Annie Leonard explores the toxins in our bathrooms, and what to do about them.
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