Buy a phone, start a movement

fairphone Although my current phone is starting to look a little long in the tooth, I have been holding off replacing it for a number of reasons. But now I have just seen my next phone (via).

The Fairphone is an Android phone that seeks raise the ethical bar of the technology industry. It is made from conflict-free resources and the handsets will be made in factories that actually pay attention to worker welfare. They even have a programme to reduce the electronic waste generated when the phone is no longer wanted.

They need 5,000 pre-orders in order to start production and there 80% of the way there with less than two weeks to go. I’ve ordered mine and am looking forward to opening it in the autumn.