We love our smartphones. In fact, a recent study from Nottingham Trent Univ. revealed that the average person checks their cell 85 times over the course of a day.
We also don’t hang onto our phones long either, craving the newest design offering shiny super screens and crisp looking cameras, as Apple has proven reportedly launching three new iphones in 2018.
So where do all those old phones go? Every mobile generates roughly 207lbs of carbon dioxide emissions, which is bad news for the environment. Is anyone doing anything about this? Yes they are!
A European company called Fairphone has offered a product so great it’s sold out and there is currently a waiting list. After the first Fairphone handset launched in 2013, it was clear that a smartphone that treats people and the planet well was something people were willing to spend money on.
The Fairphone 2 was released as the world’s first modular phone. It can be taken apart, piece by piece, making repairs easier.
So if you trade in your smartphone every year or two, not only are you barely involved with its mechanical journey but you’re feeding into the idea that a product needs to be replaced instead of repaired, filling the pockets of large brands and sacrificing cash of your own.
The idea is that this device will remain with you for years, rather than being something that will wear out and need upgrading on an annual basis.
Another bonus? A portable solar-powered charger that provides extra juice for your Fairphone. When the sun goes down, you can use it as a light.
The price of the Fairphone is currently $529 Euro = $622 USD. Its offered online and at numerous European outlets including T-Mobile Austria, which begs the question of whether or not, cellular giant T-Mobile, will in fact, be the first company to offer the widely popular smartphone in the U.S. soon.
It certainly is time for something new!