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Technology characterizes many aspects of our lives, and technological objects have become an integral part of our daily lives. Is technology an ally or enemy of the environment? And what happens to all those devices such as smartphones, computers, refrigerators, and USB sticks that we no longer use? Do we know how to recycle them and why it is necessary to do so?

The documentary MATERIA VIVA, through the voices of experts and personal accounts of Italian and international celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Carlo Conti, Shailene Woodley, Federica Pellegrini, Alex Del Piero and many others, explains the importance of recycling the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), and how it is an important factor in protecting the environment and building a more sustainable world and a better future for the new generations where technology and nature coexist in the environment in perfect balance.

Technology has always been a part of our lives. Since a young age we have been surrounded by technological objects that have evolved faster and faster and multiplied over the years. These devices today, well represented by a smartphone, in many cases improve our lives, but we often do not know how to manage them especially when they reach their ‘end of life’. In fact, our homes are often invaded by electronic appliances that we no longer use, and which have now become a type of waste technically called WEEE (ie. Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment). Failure to properly recycle this wate, creates serious imbalances that affect our planet and human health. Small and large illegal landfills just outside our cities, to huge stretches of e-waste such as the Agbogbloshie landfill in Ghana are the most glaring examples of the illicit trafficking of this waste. Alongside this issue is the tragedy related to the effects of the battle for raw materials, i.e., the economic war between countries to grab the mineral resources that are essential for making the electronic objects we use daily and are also essential for the industry, for the ecological and digital transition.

Extracting these materials, in addition to creating a burden on the environment by leading to an unsustainable consumption of resources, causes the exploitation of men, women and children who, in some particularly deposit-rich territories, such as Congo, are forced into inhumane work and efforts.

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Therefore, obsolete and unfashionably designed appliances, if recycled, can be real mines of raw materials that are crucial to the environment and our future. These can affect geopolitical balances and the future of the environment, economy and society.

To safeguard our planet, recycling is only one of the many “green behaviours” to be put into practice. To change course and live in a more sustainable world we really need to change our attitude and adopt a range of behaviours that are sensitive to the environment and nature around us, and technology in this can become an excellent ally.

CAST

SUSAN SARANDON SHAILENE WOODLEY CARLO CONTI FEDERICA PELLEGRINI ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO FRANCESCO ARCA JAGO VITTORIO SGARBI FRANCESCA FIALDINI IRENE GRANDI MARCELLO ASCANI TORMENTO TAMARA DONA’ SONIA PERONACI EMILIO COZZI LUCA PERRI

CREDITS
Written by Marco Falorni and Andrea Frassoni
Directed by Stefania Vialetto, Marco Falorni and Andrea Frassoni Produced by Libero Produzioni

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