Interview: Fairphone’s Ioiana Luncheon on what it takes to make a sustainable smartphone in 2020

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Given that another Earth Day has arrived, we thought it would be wise to take a look at just how the mobile tech industry is doing concerning the environment. As a whole, this industry doesn’t have the best reputation for sustainability, though there are signs this is improving a bit. Whether it’s recycling robots that salvage valuable parts and minerals from old phones, or using more recycled material in materials and components, some companies have begun taking baby steps toward a more sustainable model.

Though perhaps not as well known in North America as in Europe, one company that has really taken to heart the idea of tackling sustainability from multiple fronts, including material sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, customer experience, and recycling (e.g., the circular economy) is Fairphone.

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The Dutch-based smartphone manufacturer came on the

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