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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Driven by high demand, factories across the electronics supply chain often ignore basic worker safety. This has resulted in numerous accidents and explosions, killing hundreds and injuring many more.


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.


Toxic pollution from burning e-waste in developing countries gets trapped in aerosols, microscopic particles that spread all over the world.


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