For most people, buying a new phone every two years has become the rule rather than the exception. That has an enormous impact on both society and the environment, not least because a lot of the raw materials are mined in conflict zones.
Growing in popularity
Fairphone developed the first ever ethical phone in the world that is produced more fairly and with conflict free minerals in its supply chain. Furthermore, the device is intended to have an increased lifespan. To this end, repairs to the smartphone are kept comparatively simple, spare parts are easy to get hold of and software is continuously updated. It has not always been easy to convince consumers to keep hold of a phone for that length of time.
With the launch of Fairphone 2 in 2015, the company made a breakthrough in design and aims for longevity. The company has already sold more than 80,000 devices across Europe.
Greenpeace recently published the Guide to Greener Electronics and put Fairphone at the top of the list of industry leaders for sustainable change.
The Best Practices
Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH) wants to support international cooperation on the circular economy, with the aim of creating business opportunities and promoting the exchange of knowledge and innovation. In the magazine Circular Is Going Global - Join Holland's Flow you can read which circular best practices the Netherlands has to offer.