Death By Design exposes the international electronics industry and shows how even the tiniest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. Filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the three issues most affected by our digital addiction and uncovers an alarming story that we all need to hear.

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Workers’ pay is so low that labor barely makes up for 1% of the most popular smartphones’ cost.


The federal Superfund program requires companies to clean up sites they have contaminated. There are 23 sites in the heart of Silicon Valley alone. It is estimated the clean-up could take up to 300 years.


30% of China’s rice is contaminated with cadmium, which is used in batteries for cellphones, cameras and computers. It can cause cancer as well as bone, liver, kidney and respiratory illnesses.


What you can do

Maximize your electronic’s lifespan

Avoid overcharging the battery, let it drain completely before you recharge it. Use cases to protect your device from damage and sunlight. Avoid exposing it to too low or extremely high temperatures.

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Donate or Sell

Another great thing to do if your device is still in good condition is to sell it or even better donate it.

Where to Donate

Recycle your electronics

Return it to the retailer. Most retailers, such as Staples, Best Buy or Office Max recycle your e-waste for you.

Find a recycling center