7 Jun 2012
It is time for a piece of true fair technology, one made entirely of parts produced and utilized without harming individuals or the environment. It is FairPhone who wants to bring a fair mobile telephone to the market. FairPhone is an initiative by medialab Waag Society, development organisation ActionAid and communication agency Schrijf-Schrijf. With no fair electronics existing this is the first fair piece of technology.
FairPhone works on improving the production of raw materials for mobile electronics, such as telephones, and parts, such as rechargeable batteries. Mobile telephones contain more than 30 types of metal, including copper, cobalt, coltan, tin, gold, nickel and tungsten. Most of these raw materials come from Congo, where people including children from the age of 7 work in the mines . FairPhone wants to find another way to produce the necessary raw materials by finding fair mines or investing in their creation and by recycling the raw materials.
They make these phones to offer the consumers the choice to purchase a fair phone. We wonder, why hasn’t there been fair technology? FairPhone says that this industry has a production chain which is too complicated and insufficiently transparent. This missing insight will be found by FairPhone, because they invite everyone to join the initiative. They hope by creating a community to gain designs, money or knowledge.
For more information go to FairPhone.