The Story of Electronics

You may already be familiar with the Story of Stuff Project—they created a series of popular videos that expose the hidden costs of all the consumer products we buy and toss at alarming rates. The films have done more to increase the volume of discussion about our throw-away culture than anything else in recent memory.

Image of e-waste from the Story of Electronics

I caught up with Annie Leonard (the star of the films) at Bioneers this year and she told me about a new film she made with our friends at the Electronics Takeback Coalition, the organization responsible for many of the manufacturer-sponsored recycling programs.

They just released The Story of Electronics. It discusses the problem we’ve been talking about for years—how we throw away millions of tons of electronics every year and what that means for the planet. While it’s a little harsh on the manufacturers, it’s well worth your time.