March 13, 2013
FairPhone: A Cell Phone That Doesnít Kill People
Bas Van Abel, who's company is based in Amsterdam, will start selling a phone that looks and acts much like other products--but comes with greater safeguards.
FairPhone, which is a social enterprise that recycles profit for social ends, is sourcing minerals through nonprofit initiatives like the Conflict Free Tin Initiative and Solutions For Hope. It is choosing factories in China that meet high standards set by Labor Voices, an advocacy group. And itís working with recycling groups, such as Closing The Loop. It wants to build a phone that fits "circular economy" principles, where valuable materials are easily extracted after-use, and repurposed.
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