The Story of Electronics: Designed For The Dump

Gizmodo: The main thesis is that today’s electronics are designed for the dump:

EXTRACTION → PRODUCTION → DISTRIBUTION → CONSUMPTION → DISPOSAL

Designed for the dump sounds crazy, right? But when you’re trying to sell lots of stuff it makes perfect sense. It’s a key strategy of the companies that make our electronics. In fact it’s a key part of our unsustainable materials economy. Designed for the dump means making stuff to be thrown away quickly.

25 million tons of e-waste is created every year. This connects well with the iFixit Self-Repair Manifesto. The way I try to help is to purchase products with high quality that will last a long time.