Smartphones: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Teaming up with the Guardian, we’ve created a clickable infographic giving insight to the lives of smartphones.

We just can’t seem to live without smartphones. Today one in five people in the world now owns a smartphone.

They’ve changed our lives in many positive ways. But the little-known stories behind their production often tell a different tale:

  • Cobalt (battery)
    Appalling working conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Copper (logic board)
    A Chilean community torn apart by the copper mine on its doorstep
  • Aluminium (case)
    Linked to pollution and health concerns  in Australia
  • Rare earths (screen)
    The largest pond of toxic sludge on Earth in Mongolia

Take a look and see for yourself

Our Make It Better campaign is challenging smartphone makers to rethink design and production so our phones are good for the planet as well as good for us.

Please join our call for a Make It Better law to ensure companies make our products in ways that don’t harm people and the environment.

 

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