Death by Design: Documentary examines impact of electronics on the environment and health

Documentary movie, Death by Design, takes an in-depth look at the story behind our electronics and the impact they are having on the environment and people.

The documentary examines labour, e-waste and the impact of the electronics industry on the environment and people’s health.

Up to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste are disposed of worldwide every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Today China makes most of the world’s electronics. Making devices involves hundreds of toxic chemicals which leak into the groundwater. Death by Design examines how one electronic’s supplier in China generates more than 100,000 tons of hazardous waste in a single year.

The film also highlights how workers pay is so low that labour barely makes up for 1% of the most popular smartphones’ cost.

In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have environmental and health costs.

From the secretive factories in China, to a New York community suffering from the affects of chemical leaks, and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of people’s health being affected, and the tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

For anybody wanting to know what they can do to reduce the impact of electronics on the environment, the Death by Design have examined solutions which they have also published on their website. They include avoiding overcharging batteries, allowing it to drain completely before recharging; donating electronics or selling them; and recycling your electronics by returning them to retailers who will recycle it for you.

Death by Design

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:

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