Dutch firm launches conflict-free smartphone

Earlier this month, a Dutch firm launched the world’s first conflict-free phone: A mobile device made with ethically-extracted minerals.

The Dutch company Fairphone released 25,000 phones in mid-September. So far just over 16,000 have sold in pre-orders.

Fairphone argues that we don’t have a clue where our stuff comes from or who made it.

As part of the ethical process, the phone’s tin and tantalum come from “conflict-free” sources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The company guarantees that the minerals come from mines that are not run by armed groups.

This first model is not 100% ‘fair’ however – the company says it did not expect to achieve this with the first edition.

But with a price tag of about $500, this phone is not for the thrifty.

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