E-waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, the short-term mindset of the tech industry means that by 2040 communication technology will account for 14% of the global environmental footprint 👣  Meanwhile we’re using our phones more and more; and every time we use the internet, we use energy to run the data centres that carry our information around the world. Current reports estimate that the tech industry is responsible for around 3.7% of greenhouse gases released. 

But what if we told you that instead of being part of the problem – your phone could be part of the solution?

This B Corp month we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Fairphone, a mobile phone with a difference. Now not only can you choose to fuel your phone with Green Data – planting trees and capturing carbon for every phone call made, selfie taken or email sent – you can also choose a fairer device to power it. Sourced with fairness, and connected by Honest Mobile your phone can be a force for good in the world – both inside and out 💚

What makes a Fairphone a B Corp smartphone?

As a B Corp certified, sustainable handset manufacturer Fairphone puts people and the planet at the heart of everything it does. They’re committed to:

Creating smartphones that last

Unlike most mobile phones Fairphones are built to last, its modular design is made for easy repair and upgrades. This makes sense seeing as a phone’s greatest environmental impact is created during its production. The Fairphone team will provide you with support to keep the phone’s software up to date because the longer you can keep your phone, the smaller its environmental impact.

Reducing e-waste

E-waste is a huge problem – most of us have old handsets sitting in drawers – or in landfills – across the globe. Fairphone are moving towards a circular economy by encouraging the reuse and repair of old phones ☎️ They have a recycling programme for old handsets and old Fairphone modules ♻️  and are looking at ways to reduce electronic waste worldwide 🥇

Choosing fairer materials

Fairphone are committed to responsible sourcing, they want electronics production to benefit people and to minimise the impact to the environment. They are working to build their phones using fairer, recycled, and responsibly mined materials.

Putting people first

Together with their suppliers Fairphone is creating better working conditions and advocating for workers’ welfare. Working with suppliers, local communities and the wider industry, Fairphone advocates for more responsible practices.

Honest Mobile

So you can see why we’re so excited to partner with Fairphone. Like us they’re looking to do tech differently, looking out for people 🧕 and the planet 🌍  That’s why we offset double the emissions associated with our members’ phone usage, manufacture and charging, as well as the running of Honest HQ. But also go beyond this – working with Tree Sisters to plant One Million Trees – a project that focuses on women’s empowerment, community building and biodiversity.

If you need a new handset then click here to browse the Fairphone models and sign up to Honest Mobile today – to run a device that’s a force for good in the world.

Sources

BBC News

The Shift Project

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