Fairphone is a social enterprise company which aims to develop smartphones that are designed and produced with minimal harm to people and the planet. The company is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and was supported in its startup phase by the Waag Society, a foundation which aims to foster experimentation with new technologies, art and culture. The main motivations for founding Fairphone were to develop a mobile device that does not contain conflict minerals (which in smartphones are typically gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten), has fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain producing it and help people to use their phone longer. The second version of the company's handset is one of the first modular smartphones available for purchase, with the product being designed to be easily repaired and upgraded.

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  • At Fairphone, we’re working to make phones in a way that’s better for people and the environment. Today, we were proud to see that these efforts are being recognized: In their 2017 Guide to Green Electronics, Greenpeace gave Fairphone the best grade (B) out of all the major electronics manufacturers. And it was the very […] The post Greenpeace guide: Fairphone leads the pack on the shift to greene...

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Fairphone
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  • Back in April this year, I shared our ambitions for growing our company and improving our business operations, specifically by raising more capital and strengthening our organization. After spending my summer working towards these goals, I’m happy to share some big news: we’ve secured investments totaling € 6,5 million from pioneering impact investors who share […] The post Growing a healthy socia...

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  • The word is out! We have unveiled the latest accomplishment in our journey for fairer electronics and long-lasting design. By introducing two brand new camera modules, the Fairphone 2 has become the first smartphone with a core function that owners can upgrade by themselves. Now that the dust has slowly started to settle, we want […] The post New camera modules make the Fairphone 2 upgradeable app...

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Fairphone
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  • As part of our mission to change how products are made, we’re taking a closer look at how to make the most of the materials in our phones when they reach the end of their useful lives. As you might suspect, recycling is a big part of the answer. In a series of blog posts, […] The post Examining the environmental footprint of electronics recycling appeared first on Fairphone.

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  • We recently shared the news that we need to stop supporting the Fairphone 1 — our first attempt at making a fairer smartphone. In his blog post, our founder and CEO Bas van Abel explained some of the reasons why we needed to make this hard decision, including the financial and supply-chain related challenges of […] The post A closer look at the spare parts supply chain appeared first on Fairphone.

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Fairphone
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  • If you’ve been keeping an eye on our blog lately, you might be noticing a theme – we’re really interested in electronics recycling! In two earlier posts we shared the results of our research on the best available options for recycling smartphones, especially in terms of recovered materials. Plus, soon we will publish a blog […] The post Collecting used phones, from Africa to Europe appeared first ...

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Fairphone
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  • Last Monday, members of the Fairphone team were in The Hague for the signing of a gold covenant, which aims to increase the supply of responsibly sourced gold. We were one of the signatories celebrating the kickoff of this initiative spearheaded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-signed by a variety of parties […] The post Fairphone wants to increase global supply of fair gold appeare...

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Fairphone
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  • Just a couple months ago in April, I went to the DRC together with team member Sylvain, to continue our quest for more responsibly mined materials. This time was all about cobalt, a critical material we need to produce our battery. For some part, we were joined by a documentary crew that is following us […] The post On-site visit to cobalt mines in Congo, April 2017 appeared first on Fairphone.

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Fairphone
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  • In February, I introduced you to the first steps of the materials scoping study that we completed with the help of The Dragonfly Initiative (TDI). To recap, we reviewed 38 materials found in the Fairphone 2 to gain a better understanding of the social and sustainability issues associated with each of them, plus the opportunities […] The post Zooming in on 10 materials and their supply chains appea...

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Fairphone
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  • In our last customer support update, we hinted at some improvements we were working on to give you a better experience. And we’re ready to share a big one: have a look at our updated customer support section! We rearranged the layout, improved some content and added a couple of great new features to make […] The post Fairphone’s online support gets a refresh appeared first on Fairphone.

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Fairphone
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  • At the beginning of last week, we announced to Fairphone 1 owners that we have stopped supporting our first phone. Practically speaking, this means that we will no longer sell spare parts for the Fairphone 1, and have stopped developing the software upgrade to Android 4.4. Personally and professionally, this was a bittersweet decision. The […] The post Why we had to stop supporting the Fairphone 1...

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  • For the creative sector, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the pinnacle of annual industry events. Many agencies spend years dreaming of taking home a coveted Lion award. Which is why we were very honored to hear that the design agency, seymourpowell, and the Fairphone 2 won a Gold Lion last week for […] The post The Fairphone 2 earns Gold at Cannes Lions with sustainable de...

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  • After considering a variety of sustainable packaging materials for the Fairphone 2, we decided to use PaperFoam®. Made in the Netherlands from starch, natural fibers and water, PaperFoam® is very lightweight, as well as recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. It is created using an energy-efficient, low-pressure injection molding technique. Plus we also thought it looked really cool! Watch as i...

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  • Old: Just a couple months ago in April, I went to the DRC together with team member Sylvain, to continue our quest for more responsibly mined materials. This time was all about cobalt, a critical material we need to produce our battery. For some part, we were joined by a documentary crew that is following us …
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  • Old: Just a couple months ago in April, I went to the DRC together with team member Sylvain, to continue our quest for more responsibly mined materials. This time was all about cobalt, a critical material we need to produce our battery. For some part, we were joined by a documentary crew that is following us …
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  • Do you own one of the 1.6 billion unused phones shoved into the far corners of drawers and closets? These forgotten mobile phones are packed with valuable materials that can be used again and again. Fairphone wants to make reusing and recycling smartphones as easy as possible by supporting mobile phone collection. More on how to reuse and recycle your old mobile phones at: https://www.fairphon...

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