Tech giants bank on planned obsolescence.
The Dutch social enterprise Fairphone instead manufactures for longevity (at least in phone years). It provides a five-year warranty. Its phones may be disassembled by owners for repair or battery replacement, and they’re made with Fairtrade-certified gold and other responsibly sourced minerals and plastic.
Now even the “Goliaths” of the industry are inching along in this “David’s” footsteps. For example Samsung has just announced a self-repair option, and the iPhone 13 touts its ethical sourcing, and manufacturing and recycling practices.
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