Materials & Waste

Human transformation of metals and sand has environmental impacts.

It's easy to forget that phones run on materials from the earth. Combine exploitative rare earth mining with requiring you to replace devices every two years, tech has massive environmental impacts.

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Cobalt mining and conflict in the Congo

An artisanal miner holds a cobalt stone at the Shabara artisanal mine in the DRC.
An artisanal miner holds a cobalt stone at the Shabara artisanal mine in the DRC.

The exploitation of cobalt for mobile phone batteries in the Congo has been associated with conflict and human rights...

Apple slows down older phones in 'batterygate'

Image of a person holding their iPhone plugged in to charge with the battery drain notification displayed on the phone.
Image of a person holding their iPhone plugged in to charge with the battery drain notification displayed on the phone.

Apple acknowledges that they slow down older iPhones through software updates. This acknowledgment reignites discussions...

Digital Right to Repair Coalition forms

Person wearing gloves removes a cracked screen from a phone.
Person wearing gloves removes a cracked screen from a phone.

Advocates for the right to repair mobile devices are pushing for legislation that would allow consumers to repair their...

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Disassembled smartphone and recycle bin in background.
Disassembled smartphone and recycle bin in background.

For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33...

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