Let’s face it, phones aren’t exactly great for the environment, and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. For Dutch startup Fairphone’s part, they don’t claim their upcoming smartphone is completely environmentally friendly, but instead the goal is to be as transparent and ethical as possible when it comes to using resources in its construction.
The company’s goal is to use conflict-free resources for the device when possible, but what exactly does that mean? The idea is that they will work to find partners that treat their workers as fairly as possible when it comes to working wages and conditions. The goal is also to use source materials that have as little of an ecological impact as possible.
For Fairphone, this is an important project, as they hope to set a better standard for the creation of electronic devices. And clearly folks are interested in the idea, as the company has already hit its production target of 5,000 pre-orders with eight days left in Fairphone’s early funding campaign.
If this seems like a project you’d like to support, you still have a few days left to snag yourself a limited edition version of the phone for €325, or roughly $425. What kind of specs are under the hood? The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz MTK6589M quad-core CPU, featuring 1GB of RAM. It also has a 4.3-inch qHD display, 16GB storage, microSD, an 8MP back cam, a 1.3MP front-cam, dual-SIM support and Android 4.2.
While the specs aren’t going to blow anyone away, that’s not exactly the key reason for buying the phone. The hope is that by throwing your support behind the phone you not only help Fairphone work to improve conditions globally, but you send a clear message to other manufacturers that a phone made with conflict-free source material is important to you.
What do you think of the Fairphone and the company’s long-term goals to improve transparency in the materials used to create smartphones?
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Not interested, I buy phones and gadgets because of their specs and perceived value to me. No interest in spending that kind of money today for yesterday’s technology just to support someone’s political cause. Now if you asked me to donate to a just cause… perhaps but not through a purchase.
Mmmm typical American hypocrisy
It is a good start
Isn’t most of what they’re using in the phone made in China?