• Into the deep

    Into the deep

    Remember our Materials 101 series of blogs where we introduced the distinction between artisanal mining (ASM) and large-scale mining? Well, potentially, there is another type of mining to enter the mix: deep-sea mining or DSM. How does DSM connect to responsible, fair materials? The answer is not so easy ...

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  • Tackling child labor: A joint force

    Tackling child labor: A joint force

    A consortium of partners, led by Fairphone, implemented a project in Busia, Uganda from July 2017 until March 2021. The project aim was to improve and support the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities by eradicating child labor and establishing a sustainable, traceable gold supply chain that creates a ...

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  • How can “Fair Sourcing” change the electronics industry?

    How can “Fair Sourcing” change the electronics industry?

    At Fairphone, we get lots of questions. From “how much does the Fairphone 3 cost?” to “what is the current approach to the living wage in China?”, there’s a constant flow of information in and out of the Fairphone HQ. One of the most common questions, though, is one ...

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  • Our North Star: The Material Roadmap

    Our North Star: The Material Roadmap

    At Fairphone, we continuously strive for a transparent product. We tell you everything we know about what goes into your phone, but we also know there is more to know. We collected full materials declaration on more than 90% of the components used in our phone, and through a ...

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  • Fair Materials 101: Going beyond conflict-free materials

    Fair Materials 101: Going beyond conflict-free materials

    Everyone who has read the book or seen the movie Blood Diamond knows something about conflict materials. They’re raw materials or minerals that come from a particular part of the world where war or armed struggle is occurring, affecting the mining and trading of those materials. The conflict focuses ...

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  • Fair Materials 101: What is Urban Mining and how can it be fair?

    Fair Materials 101: What is Urban Mining and how can it be fair?

    When we think of mining, we normally think of it as happening on the outskirts of town. The prospector’s cry is “There’s gold in them there hills” .. not “There’s gold in them there dumpsters.” But when people throw their phones and other electronic waste away rather than recycling ...

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  • Fair Materials 101: How can mining be used for good?

    Fair Materials 101: How can mining be used for good?

    As we discussed in the previous blog of this series, cutting mining out of the electronics industry is not realistic. For the foreseeable future, mining is here to stay and as such, we have a responsibility to push for and demand responsible mining improvements. Could we actually use mining ...

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  • Fair Materials 101:  Why we can’t turn our back on mining

    Fair Materials 101: Why we can’t turn our back on mining

    The “circular economy”: a concept that is becoming more and more prominent in the current Zeitgeist. Whether it’s an Instagram ad for a recycled-fiber sweater tagged with #circular, or an ambitious European Commission action plan, the idea is catching on – and catching up. A circular economy is an economic ...

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  • Fair Materials 101 – A guide to the materials in your phone

    Fair Materials 101 – A guide to the materials in your phone

    At Fairphone, we’ve set ourselves some serious challenges: We’re out to change the world. Change doesn’t happen overnight, though – and a lot of the progress happens behind the scenes. So a big part of this effort is including you in this journey. We’re asking you to look beyond technical ...

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