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Most of us have felt exasperation of feeling helpless when our smartphone breaks. Phone manufacturers seem to go to extraordinary lengths to deter consumers from opening back of their phones to try DIY repairs. Help is at hand. Fairphone is new company has produced self-repairable mobile phone. founder is Bas van Abel, Dutch design engineer who set out to make " world's first ethical smartphone". He started his company in 2013 with four basic principles. First, he wanted to use raw materials from non-conflict mining areas. He also wanted to make product that was recyclable, durable and repairable. new Fairphone embodies these aims.

Fairphone website outlines philosophy that underpins company. It says its mission is to motivate " massive industry to take responsibility for its impact on world, by establishing viable market for ethical electronics". It highlights the fact that many workers who produce technology are working in unacceptable conditions. It also points out , "staggering amount of waste electronics industry generates". Finally, it says: "Communication technology is on track to account for 14 per cent of world's greenhouse gas emissions by 2040." The Fairphone comes with screwdriver and is easily repairable. The plastic used is 40-per-cent recycled, and minerals are ethically sourced.

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