The Story of Electronics, released in November 2011, 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. Host 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.
This is the official description from the film’s website or IMDb page.
“Ms. Leonard’s equally brilliant new cartoon video specifically targets e-waste. She describes the familiar cycle of buying a new gadget that rapidly becomes outdated, requiring you to buy a new gadget (easy, if you have the money) and dispose of the old one (as we’ve said, really hard).” – Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times
“The movie champions product take back to spur companies to make less toxic, more easily recyclable and longer lasting products.” – Paul Nastu, Environmental Leader
Watch the short film here: