It’s no secret that the smartphone market has reached a saturation point. Manufacturers are desperately trying to come up with novel features, such as foldable phones, to increase sales and grow their market share. However, their efforts result mostly in iterative upgrades and of course, generation of more e-waste. The Dutch smartphone maker Fairphone is trying to change the status quo with its highly sustainable mobile phones and it has now released the Fairphone 3+ to further its mission of sustainability.
Focusing on sustainability, Fairphone 3+ uses 40% recycled plastics
Making sustainable smartphones is not easy and as per Fairphone, consumers hang onto their phones on average for 2.7 years, and less than 5% of the materials can be recovered from it for reuse. Combine this with the fact that over 1.4 billion phones are sold every year and they often replace a handset that still works just fine, it leads to an alarming amount of e-waste generation.