SMARTPHONES

The phone that cares for people and the planet

June, 2020
Verity A. | Author
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We’re happy to announce that we recently partnered with Fairphone. Their flagship product, Fairphone 3, is the sustainable phone made with fairer materials that’s built to last. Easily repairable, this phone can be fixed with just a screwdriver… we know!

Fairphone’s mission is clear – and brilliant. The following is taken from Fairphone’s website – “From the earth to your pocket, a smartphone’s journey is filled with unfair practices. We believe a fairer electronics industry is possible. By making change from the inside, we’re giving a voice to people who care.”

Fairphone believes that, with every phone they make, they’re getting closer to a fairer and more sustainable electronics industry. It’s a lifestyle we should all strive for. Just as it’s important to care for ourselves and our health, it’s also vital to care for nature and our environment. There are so many ways we can live an environmentally-friendly lifestyle and we’re now more informed than ever.

Where best to start than to reduce e-waste and make the most of the materials used in consumer electronics?

Making an impact

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So we’ve touched on Fairphone’s mission – to make the electronics industry a fairer place. As well as using the most environmentally-friendly materials, they also care for the people who make them; worker well-being is high on the agenda. Like with most things, change starts from the inside.


Here’s how they’re doing it:


  • Creating products that last: Fairphone designs for longevity, easy repair, and modular upgrades. Their goal is to make your phone’s hardware last as long as possible, and to provide the support to keep its software up to date. The longer you can keep your phone, the smaller its environmental footprint.

  • Choosing fairer materials: Fairphone goes straight to the source to make sure they’re creating positive change. One material at a time, they’re working to incorporate fairer, recycled, and responsibly mined materials in their phones – to increase industry and consumer awareness.

  • Putting people first: They’re innovating ways to improve job satisfaction for workers in the industry. Together with their suppliers, they’re listening to workers and creating better working conditions with employee representation, income and growth opportunities for all.

Fairphone 3 scores 10 out of 10 for repairability

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Instead of having to go into a store to repair your phone or sending it off by post, you can repair your phone yourself with just a screwdriver (it comes in the box). Did you know that the majority of your phone’s CO2 emissions come from the production process? Your phone will last longer with replaceable modules – and the more you’re able to repair it, the longer you have your phone. The longer you have your phone, the smaller its environmental footprint.

Fairphone 3’s iFixit score for reparability is 10/10; it’s the only smartphone in the world to be awarded a perfect score!

According to their website, this is how iFixit rates devices: “A device with a perfect score will be relatively inexpensive to repair because it is easy to disassemble and has a service manual available. Points are docked based on the difficulty of opening the device, the types of fasteners found inside, and the complexity involved in replacing major components. Points are awarded for upgradability, use of non-proprietary tools for servicing, and component modularity.”

We’re impressed, too.

So, what’s in the box & why Fairphone 3?

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Well, in keeping with Fairphone’s mission and ethos, there’s a limited amount of products in the box. That’s because you don’t necessarily need them all.

Fairphone 3 comes with:


  • Fairphone 3 handset
  • Mini screwdriver
  • Bumper
  • 2-year warranty
  • Quick start guide

You’ll notice there’s no charger, earphones or cables in the box like you’d usually expect when buying a new phone. Don’t worry, they’ve not been left out by accident. To help cut down on e-waste, you can use the ones you already have and pair them with your device. If you don’t already have any of the accessories listed, you can buy them separately.


What are the key features of the device?


  • Made from fair and recycled materials
  • Has a modular and repairable design
  • Has a high-quality 12MP camera with 4K video
  • Has a replaceable battery and long-life battery
  • Comes in eco-friendly packaging
  • It has an easy-to-use operating system with Android 9
  • It’s designed and built with a commitment to fairness

Eva Gouwens, Fairphone’s CEO, talks about Fairphone and what it means to her, the community and the whole industry.

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