A Great “Green” Weekend Easy Do-Good Project

March 8th, 2008

If you hate built-in obsolescence and have a story about an electronic gadget that broke and couldn’t be fixed, here’s a great way to bring some pressure against companies that perpetuate built-in obsolescence. This is a simple project courtesy of the Electronics Takeback Coalition and Beth at Fake Plastic Fish.

Here’s all you need to do to prepare to send an email detailing your gripe:

1. Note the make and model
2. Year purchased. Is it under warranty?
3. Why it’s dead. (Doesn’t turn on, won’t reboot, can’t upgrade it to run certain software, etc)
4. Steps taken to try to fix it, or cost to fix it. (Tell what happened…did you try to get it fixed but you were told you needed to replace the whole thing? Can you give details? If you know whom you spoke with at the company, that would be great.)
5. Send your story and a picture of the dead gadget (if you have one) to stories@deadgadgets.com — and tell your friends too.

For the full scoop, read the post at Enviroblog here.

2 Responses to “A Great “Green” Weekend Easy Do-Good Project”

  1. Beth aka Fake Plastic Fish on March 8, 2008 6:23 pm

    Thanks for posting this!

    By the way, I thought I had a StumbledUpon account, but turns out I didn’t. So I’m working on it right now.


  2. Amanda on March 10, 2008 8:17 am

    Thanks for this post, Lynn, and for the stumble! I don’t want to take credit for the project, though — this was all Beth and the ETC’s idea. I love it though, and I really hope it makes an impact.

    OK, thanks for clarifying, Amanda…I’ve updated my post to make that clear. I’ve been in touch with Beth. Good luck and thanks for stopping by! — Lynn

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