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From the Ted Talk by Gay Gordon-Byrne: You deserve the right to repair your stuff

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Let me give you a sense of scale. Back in 2013, the EPA estimated that the average US hoohuelsd already owned 28 digitally-driven gimozs and gadgets. It was everything from garage-door openers and hot tub crlnotos to smart toasters. If we just do a little math and mlptiuly 28 times are roughly 123 million households, we come up with a pretty staggering three and a half billion pieces of e-waste that don't belong in our landfills, and they are costly and difficult to put back as raw materials if those processes even exist. When we look a little more closely at what's even possible with recycling, I think we've been ignoring some really ugly ttruhs. By the time a laptop or a refrigerator or even an electric toothbrush gets in our hands, almost all of the environmental dagmae has already been done. All the ctoss of mninig and refining and smelting and transportation. And we don't see these costs when we go to the stroe, and we don't see the human costs of terrible labor cnotdoinis and exposure to toxic maealtirs. So even if we can't agree on how to calculate these costs, I think we can agree that fixing more and throwing away less just makes sense.

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Let me give you a sense of scale. Back in 2013, the EPA estimated that the average US _________ already owned 28 digitally-driven ______ and gadgets. It was everything from garage-door openers and hot tub ________ to smart toasters. If we just do a little math and ________ 28 times are roughly 123 million households, we come up with a pretty staggering three and a half billion pieces of e-waste that don't belong in our landfills, and they are costly and difficult to put back as raw materials if those processes even exist. When we look a little more closely at what's even possible with recycling, I think we've been ignoring some really ugly ______. By the time a laptop or a refrigerator or even an electric toothbrush gets in our hands, almost all of the environmental ______ has already been done. All the _____ of ______ and refining and smelting and transportation. And we don't see these costs when we go to the _____, and we don't see the human costs of terrible labor __________ and exposure to toxic _________. So even if we can't agree on how to calculate these costs, I think we can agree that fixing more and throwing away less just makes sense.

Solution

  1. household
  2. materials
  3. truths
  4. gizmos
  5. store
  6. costs
  7. mining
  8. multiply
  9. conditions
  10. controls
  11. damage

Original Text

Let me give you a sense of scale. Back in 2013, the EPA estimated that the average US household already owned 28 digitally-driven gizmos and gadgets. It was everything from garage-door openers and hot tub controls to smart toasters. If we just do a little math and multiply 28 times are roughly 123 million households, we come up with a pretty staggering three and a half billion pieces of e-waste that don't belong in our landfills, and they are costly and difficult to put back as raw materials if those processes even exist. When we look a little more closely at what's even possible with recycling, I think we've been ignoring some really ugly truths. By the time a laptop or a refrigerator or even an electric toothbrush gets in our hands, almost all of the environmental damage has already been done. All the costs of mining and refining and smelting and transportation. And we don't see these costs when we go to the store, and we don't see the human costs of terrible labor conditions and exposure to toxic materials. So even if we can't agree on how to calculate these costs, I think we can agree that fixing more and throwing away less just makes sense.

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