Death by Design Film Screening and [WE] Project Anniversary

  • 15 June 2017
  • 18:30 - 21:00
  • Haworth Furniture, Shanghai

What is the cost of our digital dependency?

Death by Design, Green Initiatives' 77th film screening explores this question and uncovers a global story of damaged lives, environmental destruction and devices that are designed to die. Prominently featuring contemporary China, this is a film that will surely resonate with anyone living in Shanghai.

During this event, we will also officially celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of The [WE] Project with an update on our achievements and some insights from our partners.

Join us to learn more about the global e-waste problem, the ‘design for the dump’ philosophy, The [WE] Project and how to recycle your electronics to maximise their potential while minimising their toxic effects.


  • This film comes with Chinese subtitles
  • There will be small entrance fee for all attendees. ¥50 for registered guests, ¥20 for students with valid id cards (limited seats), and ¥100 for walk-in guests, without registrations (subject to availability of space)
  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided to attendees.

Event Itinerary

  • 18:30 – 19:00: Registration, drinks & networking
  • 19:00-19:30: The [WE] Project one year result update + Speaker sharing
  • 19:30-21:00: Death by Design film screeing
  • 21:00-21:30: Discussions and Q&A / Networking

[WE] Project Background

In 2015, 6.7 million tons of electronic waste was discarded in China – equivalent to the weight of approximately 1.8 million Macbooks being thrown away daily. 75% of e-waste either goes to landfill or is processed in informal recycling centres, and its toxicity cause residents and workers to suffer from health problems.

Launched in June 2016, The [WE] Project provides the local community in Shanghai with a systematic and environmentally-friendly way to dispose off electronic products by collaborating with TES, an international leader in e-waste recycling. Click for more information on The [WE] Project

The Dirty Secret of Our Digital Addiction

Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.

But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Speakers and guest information to be updated shortly.

Event Details

15 Jun 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Haworth Furniture, Jingan Kerry Center Tower 1, 32F, 1515 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai
Jingan Temple, Line 7 Exit 6