Annie Leonard is at it again: the woman who brought you The Story of Stuff is back with The Story of Electronics.
Maybe you can guess the story line. It goes like this: we buy a lot of electronic devices like cell phones and computers, and wind up replacing them in a couple of years. In addition to the sheer volume these things take up in a landfill, they also release toxins such as mercury.
But there’s a plot twist in this typical ending, and it is Make them Safe, Make them Last, and Take them Back. Leonard suggests that Americans can do what Europeans are already starting to do: demand more sustainable electronic devices. Some companies are already starting to take action.
In the meantime, if you have a device you’re ready to get rid of, Leonard recommends E-Stewards as a responsible way to recycle your electronics.