fair electronics

Fair electronics use a longer lasting design, consist of fair sourced materials (without harming humans or the environment), apply good working conditions and a reuse and recycling programme.


A fine two-page portrait of Eva Couwens and Bas van Abel of Fairphone in the Dutch newspaper Trouw.


Fairphone has managed to raise 2.5 million euros through a crowdfunding campaign, that will be used to increase the impact of the fair smartphone.


Fairphone announces a research on the challenges associated with sourcing recycled materials in the electronics industry.


At the 'phonvert' workshop held in Waag on December 7th 2017, we did an ideation session to “phonvert” retired smartphones with AI.


Fairphone secured investments totaling € 6,5 million from pioneering impact investors who share and strongly believe in the values of the company.


Out of the 17 brands represented in the assessment, only three - Dell, Fairphone and HP - provide all spare parts and repair manuals. A few best-in-class products they found, such as Fairphone, show that designing with repairability in mind is possible.


Fairphone has created a top 10 of materials that will be further researched to optimize the supply chain. They are: tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold, cobalt, copper, gallium, indium, nickel, and rare earth metals.


Bas van Abel of Fairphone gave an interview for the Dutch Radio 1. This broadcast was in Dutch.


Bas van Abel of Fairphone has won the German Environmental Award', the most important environmental award of the country. The Amsterdam smartphone maker receives a prize of 250,000 euro. The award ceremony will be on 30 October 2016 and the prize will be handed out by the German president Joachim Gauck.


End of May 2016, Fairphone reached a new milestone in its three year existence: there are now more than 100.000 copies sold.


Fairtrade certified gold is now part of the Fairphone 2 supply chain. Fairphone 2 owners are supporting Fairtrade gold miners and their communities in Peru.


Fairphone has created a special set of wooden, 3D printed accessoires for its latest model, Fairphone 2, that are printed at a facility in your own neigborhood.


Fairphone 2 has received the highest possible repairability score of the iFixit website: 10 out of 10. This is the first time that a device received this score in one their popular 'Teardowns'.




Fairphone’s mission is to bring a fair smartphone to the market – one made entirely of parts produced and utilised without harming individuals or the environment.


Wednesday 30 September was the deadline for crowdfunding of the second version of Fairphone, the partly modular smartphone that aims to be a fair and sustainable product.


Fairphone 2 is now available for pre-order! Everything Fairphone has been working on over the past year has been leading up to this moment, and they can’t wait to start growing their community of Fairphone owners.


During the Social Enterprise Day on 22 May 2015, Fairphone was announced winner of the 'Social Enterprise Award'.


Fairphone is the most sustainable electronics firm. The company reduces its impact on the environment by focussing on recycling and extending the lifespan of the devices.


Cleantech development firm Metabolic delivered its report on a Resources Identification Tool for the new Dutch smart meter. The report was funded by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and forms part of the Green Deal Fair Meter.


Fairphone, producer of the smartphone of the same name, has announced a new model for 2015.



Fair Meter

A Fair Meter is a smart energy meter made of circular materials and materials, derived from socially responsible sources in a socially responsible production process.


Fairphone has announced a second batch of 35,000 more Fairphones to be produced in Spring 2014.


Bas van Abel is nominated with Fairphone by Erik en Ronald Rietveld for the Rotterdam Design prize. They nominate Bas van Abel for Fairphone because he is using vision, creativity and open design in an effort to impel a billion-euro industry to change and offering consumers a more sustainable alternative to a product that plays a central role in their everyday lives.


A fair meter: what should it look like? During a two-day lasting bootcamp, nine participants worked in teams on concepts for a fair meter that were presented to various stakeholders at the European Utility Week in the Amsterdam RAI on October 16.


On 6 November 2013, Bas van Abel of Fairphone was guest at TEDxAmsterdam. “If you screw up the screws with your screwdriver, you’re screwed”. By trying to open the Nintendo DS of his son, Bas van Abel discovered how hard it is to find out how and by who a lot of our products are made. He tells the story about how this process inspired him to embark on a journey to create the first Fairphone.


The live tv programme Zapplive on 7 November at 17.15 hrs featured another DIY-tech item. This time, Lukie & Fairphone dissected old mobiles with the kids.


This year the public voted for Fairphone (Bas van Abel) as the winner of the Fontanel Public Award at the Dutch Design Awards 2013. Fairphone was nominated in the new Future Concepts category.


Fairphone has published a cost breakdown of the first phone, showing all elements in the production cost.


Marleen Stikker and Sacha van Tongeren about the breakthrough of FairPhone: "By taking the standpoint of headstrong makers instead of dependent consumers, an uncontrolled energy was released that to date propels the FairPhone process."


Industrial Designer Maarten Hertog joined our three day FairPhone Design Bootcamp and wrote a blog about it.


Fairphone has reached its first milestone: in just three weeks, more than 5,000 people have pre-ordered their new smartphones online. This enables the Dutch social enterprise to start production of its first phone.


Waag and Fairphone organized a design bootcamp in that focused on the complexities around mobile phone design, production and the supply chain. During three days, design teams worked towards proposals and prototypes for the fair phone of the future.


From over 400 entries, the jury made ​​a selection of the 23 most innovative initiatives: De Radicale Vernieuwers. And Fairphone is one of them!


Bas van Abel of Fairphone just returned from a 8-day trip to DRC with a delegation from the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative.


Our project developer Karien Vermeulen talks to the Dutch Education magazine about our experience with creating GPS routes and urban mining in the classroom.


Fairphone is proud to announce its participation in the Solutions for Hope project.


Waag together with FairPhone organized workshops on commission base for education, organisations or companies. In an urban mining workshop, participants will find out what our mobile phones are made of and what resources they contain.


On 18 November the Dutch television organisation KRO broadcasted a report about tin mining.


Dutch Grid Compagny Alliander and Waag have joined their forces to represent sustainability in the energy sector. During the conference Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012 in Amsterdam RAI, we launched the Fair Meter Initiative. With this initiative, we are working on a fair production process for the new smart meters, with better working conditions and without the use of conflict minerals.


Netbeheer Netherlands, Alliander and Waag took the initiative for a fair energy meter at the conference Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012 in Amsterdam RAI. The Fair Meter Initiative contributes to a sustainable future for the energy sector. In the coming years we change to smart power meters that give consumers insight into their energy consumption. But is the production of these smart meters also durable and transparent?


Last week, the development of our Fair Phone could be found in the newspaper (NRC, NRC Next, Radio Wereld Omroep), but also between the cheese on the organic market at the Nieuwmarkt and between beers in NEMO during the Discovery Festival. Even in the TV show Koefnoen we were brought up.


'FairPhone: calling with a clean conscience', is the heading above a nice article (and infographic) about FairPhone.


Lowlands 2012: fantastic bands, partying people, a huge water fight and tropical temperatures. FairPhone was there!


The new MacBook Pro with a 'Retina' display: it is not upgradable, and can't be repaired. Not very sustainable.


The folks at iFixit were first in line in Melbourne to directly disassemble the new iPad after it went on sale. They gave it a 'Repairability Score' of 2 on a scale of 1-10.




A phone which combines beauty, innovation en user friendliness and which respects human rights.