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

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Life & Soul Magazine

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…

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