One of the strategies I use to acquire less new plastic is to fix stuff that breaks instead of replacing it with new gadgets and to use resources like Craigslist, Freecycle, and thrift stores to get it secondhand. So I get really irritated when despite my best efforts, I find that my broken gadgets are not designed to be repaired. I’ve ranted about the HP Monitor and the digital scale that I tried to have fixed. I bragged about working with my dad to fix my old hair dryer, but lamented the fact that it wasn’t made to be repaired and that only the fact that my dad is an electronics technician allowed us to open it up and replace the broken part.
Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff Project in conjunction with the Electronics TakeBack Coalition and Center for Environmental Health have just released a new video today: The Story of Electronics. And it explains in 7 minutes the entire toxic life-cycle of gadgets designed for the dump and what we as consumers can do about it.
Video link: http://storyofstuff.org/electronics/
What you can do:
1) Buy less new stuff!
2) Use this form to send an email to two large computer companies that scored D’s on the Recycling Report Card to ask them to redesign their products.
3) Use this form to ask congress to pass legislation against toxic e-waste dumping.
4) Check out the action page for links on responsible e-waste recycling, buying a greener computer, and a whole lot more.
My laptop has finally died, and I’m going to be checking out these resources to figure out how to get the most responsible replacement. I’m a little hesitant to go the Craigslist route this time because I require a robust machine that can handle my video editing and communications needs. Until I find the right solution, I’ll just wait…
Read my interview with Annie Leonard here.