• 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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  • A golden opportunity: The risks and rewards of gold recycling

    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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  • 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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  • 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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