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Stories@deadgadgets.com wants your dead gadget stories!
Posted By Beth Terry On March 4, 2008 @ 11:25 pm In Direct Action,Electronics,Letter Writing | 17 Comments
Remember this picture of my plastic waste from Week 35? Remember my rant about the HP monitor that couldn’t be fixed  and how HP makes products that have to be replaced rather than repaired? I ranted here. I ranted on the Californians Against Waste site. I ranted in emails to HP. And then I found out about The Electronics Take Back Coalition  (http://www.computertakeback.com ).
The Electronics Take Back Coalition  is a national coalition of environmental and consumer groups who promote green design and responsible recycling in the consumer electronics industry. They have several strategies, including:
All this is great. It’s a good step. But I didn’t want to recycle my monitor. I wanted to be able to fix it and keep using it. So I wrote to the Coalition to ask if they are addressing the issue of planned obsolescence of electronics and the inability to repair them rather than recycling, and I got a reponse back from Barbara Kyle, the National Coordinator:
We have focused on the recycling end of the e-waste problem. But we want to do more on promoting reuse, and green design concepts that allow us to hang on to our electronic products longer, and to upgrade them to keep up with advances in technology. So far, the industry has focused on energy as the primary criteria for “green design.” While we don’t disagree that energy use by the product is important, the energy used to create new products is even more significant, and could be reduced if our products simply lasted longer.
We want dead gadget stories!
We would love to receive stories just like the one you documented on your blog, showing clearly how products simply can’t be fixed or upgraded, because of clear choices made by the product designers.
Please send your stories to Stories@deadgadgets.com  and include the following information:
This request includes broken TELEVISIONS, not just computer-type devices.
Barbara also added that if there are any serious reuse and upgrade geeks out here, she’d love to talk to them in more detail about how they could do a more thorough “study” of this issue, trends they see with different companies, etc.
So if you’ve suffered similar frustrations to what I have, please, please, please take a minute to send your story to Stories@deadgadgets.com  and help persuade companies to take responsbility for the products they release into the world.
OH! And if you’re a blogger, please post this request on your blog! Let’s make it viral!
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URLs in this post:
 my rant about the HP monitor that couldn’t be fixed: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/02/week-35-results-501-oz-of-plastic-waste/
 The Electronics Take Back Coalition: http://www.computertakeback.com
 www.takebackmytv.com: http://www.electronicstakeback.com/hold-manufacturers-accountable/take-back-my-tv/
 Stories@deadgadgets.com: mailto:email@example.com
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