No piece of electronics lasts forever, craftsmanship aside. But it might be the case that some devices we buy are meant for an early grave—so we can upgrade. And who pays the price? Maybe, the entire planet does.
The Story of Stuff Project wants you to think harder about what you buy, why it dies, and where the aluminum and matte black plastic corpses end up. The project's main argument is that you, as consumers, are being duped. The stuff you buy isn't meant to last—because then you wouldn't buy new stuff. Rather, through a clever mix of marketing and design, that laptop you bought last year doesn't look so appealing. Maybe it's because, as happened to me a few years ago, it simply began to break down, component by component, until it made more sense to buy a new one than to go through the hassle (and high price) of repairs. And then—and this is the crux of the group's newest film—these gadgets wind up in the trash. The toxic processes that were used to create them are joined, full circle, with the toxic deposit of these substances in the ground, water, or someone's body.