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A golden opportunity: The risks and rewards of gold recycling

Why would anyone put gold in a phone? Silver and copper are better conductors, and much cheaper. The answer lies in one word: tarnishing. Silver and copper react with oxygen. Pure gold doesn’t, making it ideal for tiny circuits and connectors. What’s not ideal are the deeply ingrained issues ...

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  • Meet the changemakers: Fairphone Ambassador Raphaël Masvigner

    Meet the changemakers: Fairphone Ambassador Raphaël Masvigner

    We’re on a journey to change the electronics industry – and we’re not alone. While the Fairphone is a physical expression of the possibility of change, it also happens to be a great storytelling device that connects us with inspiring changemakers from all over the world. In this series, we’re ...

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  • A new milestone in fairer electronics: Introducing Fairphone 3+

    A new milestone in fairer electronics: Introducing Fairphone 3+

    There are days that make me especially proud and excited to be part of the Fairphone movement. Today is one of them. Our entire team has been working hard to create a revolutionary development that I’m super pleased to announce….but first let me give you a bit of the ...

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  • Be part of the change: Join the Fair Cobalt Alliance

    Be part of the change: Join the Fair Cobalt Alliance

    Today is a big day. From Fairphone’s very beginnings, we’ve been investigating ways to improve the cobalt supply chain, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). And now, after years of work, we’re ready to publicly launch the Fair Cobalt Alliance! This alliance brings together major industry players ...

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  • How sustainable is the Fairphone 3?

    How sustainable is the Fairphone 3?

    At Fairphone, our dedication to change means a dedication to measurement. We’ve just completed the life cycle assessment on the Fairphone 3, and we’re humble-proud to present our results. As with the Fairphone 2, we turned to the independent experts at the Fraunhofer Institute IZM to examine the phone’s lifelong ...

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  • Meet the changemakers: Fairphone Ambassador Pascal Egli

    Meet the changemakers: Fairphone Ambassador Pascal Egli

    We’re on a journey to change the electronics industry – and we’re not alone. While the Fairphone is a physical expression of the possibility of change, it also happens to be a great storytelling device that connects us with inspiring changemakers from all over. In this series, we want to ...

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  • Digging for change

    Digging for change

    Part two of a guest feature by  David Sturmes, Director of Programme and Operations at the Impact Facility. In 2018 Fairphone has partnered with global lighting company Signify, the Chinese cobalt refiner Huayou Cobalt and the Impact Facility (TIF), a social business dedicated to improving the livelihoods of artisanal miners ...

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  • The charged debate around cobalt

    The charged debate around cobalt

    Part one of a guest feature by  David Sturmes, Director of Programme and Operations at the Impact Facility. Few if any minerals have polarised the public as much as cobalt. The battery metal allows us to store energy more efficiently, stabilizing batteries and allowing frequent recharging – an essential attribute ...

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  • Let’s make fair, sustainable mining the new normal

    Let’s make fair, sustainable mining the new normal

    It’s been just over three months since the spread of COVID-19 turned Fairphone’s Amsterdam headquarters into a virtual workspace. But as I write this from the privilege and comfort of my home, that change feels tiny within the bigger picture. As part of the Fairphone Impact Innovation team, I ...

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  • Building a breakthrough for Fairphone 2

    Building a breakthrough for Fairphone 2

    Software is the unsung hero of longer-lasting devices. Software updates slay bugs, shield you from viruses, and help protect you from the marauding hordes that want your personal data. To keep an old phone going, you want the most recent, most well-equipped operating system you can get. Our goal is ...

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