Reuse and Recycling

We’re moving one step closer to a circular economy by encouraging the reuse and repair of our phones, researching electronics recycling options and reducing electronic waste worldwide.

We want to make the most of the materials used in consumer electronics. For every recycled phone, we offer a cash refund on Fairphone 3 orders, to incentivize recycling and ensure valuable materials can be used in a continuous loop.

Why are we doing this?

Every year, consumers throw away millions of mobile phones since most phones aren’t built to last and we’re constantly encouraged to upgrade our devices. While some of these discarded phones are properly recycled, others are recycled under dangerous working conditions or end up in landfills.

Our approach

We sell spare parts and offer repair tutorials to help make your phone useful for as long as possible. Our take-back program supports the reuse and recycling of your old phones, and we’re also researching the best way to recycle our phones. Finally, we’re working with partners to improve local collection efforts in countries struggling with electronic waste.

Featured projects

  • Reuse and recycling starts with you

    We launched our recycling program to do our part to reduce electronic waste, and we’re looking forward to your participation

    Start recycling
  • In-depth: Fairphone 2 recyclability study

    We want to understand how the Fairphone should be recycled to recover the greatest percentage of materials.

    Read the report
  • Research: Recycled material chains

    This research aims to bring more transparency around the operational and sustainability challenges faced when sourcing secondary raw materials.

    Learn more

Together we can change the way products are made

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