he ultimate communication device was ushered into the world with a bang on June 29, 2007. It was the iPhone, and it became such a powerful and important accessory that you probably have one nestled in your very own pocket right now.
...but with that power and importance came a price. The iPhone, like many other tech products on the market today, are designed with planned obsolescence.
In other words, they're meant to deteriorate, slow down, and eventually be rendered useless over time, with no option to upgrade components of the phone to make it last longer.
According to Fast Company, "Smartphones are particularly insidious for a few reasons. With a two-year average life cycle, they’re more or less disposable. The problem is that building a new smartphone–and specifically, mining the rare materials inside them–represents 85% to 95% of the device’s total CO2 emissions for two years."
This means that the mere act of buying a new smartphone requires the same amount of energy as it does to charge the device for an entire decade.
Enter Fairphone - the phone that cares for people and planet. Fairphone actively engages in ultra-responsible material sourcing, advocates strongly for worker's rights, and shares all of their results publicly on their impact page with the promising vision of setting a new precedent for a currently unsustainable industry.