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New EU conflict mineral legislation: another step towards industry-wide change

Last week Thursday, Members of the European Parliament voted with a great majority for the new legislation on the responsible sourcing of four conflict minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. Because this topic is at the heart of our goals, I wanted to briefly look at the new law, its wider implications and what it […]

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  • Mobile World Congress 2017: Can tech go green?

    Early this week, we arrived back at the office after four exhausting but fulfilling days at Mobile World Congress (MWC). My head is still spinning from all the inspiring people we met and non-stop activities we participated in. While everything is still fresh in my mind, I’d like to take a moment to fill you […]

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  • How recyclable is the Fairphone 2?

    From the dawn of the industrial era up to today, the majority of our products have been created according to the principles of a linear economy: we find resources, make a product, and then dispose of it when we’re done using it. But in recent years, there’s been growing awareness of the need to move […]

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  • Fairer materials – a list of the 10 we’re focusing on

    Because we want to change the way products are made, one of our principal aims is to support fair materials and incorporate them into our smartphones. However, mobile phones contain hundreds of different materials, combining more than 40 elements in fact (about one-third of the existing elements in the periodic table) and because it’s impossible […]

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  • Scaling up our social enterprise – challenges and achievements

    Updated on 28 February: Today we are updating the Fairphone 2 delivery date to match the current demand and Fairphone 2 stock levels. Starting from 28 February, new Fairphone 2 orders will be delivered by 30 June. We are continually working to shorten this delivery timeframe to get the Fairphone 2 to customers sooner. We […]

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  • Customer support update: Bigger, better and back on track

    When you last heard from me about our customer support situation in August, our team was buried in a backlog of support requests and begging for your patience. But what a difference a couple of months can make! With a few new team members, some hard-earned insight and the support of the rest of the […]

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  • Fairphone and case producer Broadway invest in improving social performance

    We would like to introduce a new partner, Broadway Group, the manufacturer of our recently launched Fairphone 2 case. Together we’re developing a project plan to further improve working conditions at their manufacturing facilities. We are receiving the help of an independent organization, the Economic Rights Institute (ERI), to carry out some of the activities. […]

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  • How sustainable is the Fairphone 2?

    By combining modular architecture with spare parts and easy repairs, we designed the Fairphone 2 to last longer than the average smartphone. And logically, a longer-lasting phone should have a lower environmental impact than one that’s replaced every year or two, right? Well, that’s what we hoped, but we wanted to carry out an independent […]

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  • Guest blog: Fairphone’s role in the circular economy

    Editor’s Note: Early this year, Fairphone was approached about participating in a short documentary about the circular economy. We were honored to be involved and very impressed with the end result, so we’ve asked filmmaker Ed Scott-Clarke to share a bit more about the background behind his film. Want to watch it before you read […]

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  • Fairphone 2 is first smartphone to receive Blue Angel certification

    I’m very proud to share some good news: the Fairphone 2 has now received the Blue Angel certification. With this distinction, our phone joins more than 12,000 products and services that have been singled out for aspiring to better environmental standards. But what’s even more remarkable is the fact that the Fairphone 2 is the […]

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