If there was a cell phone that guaranteed the use of fair materials, good working conditions, long lasting design and is recyclable would people be interested in it? One would think so, but this doesn’t seem to be the case.
After learning about FoxCon & Apple today, FairPhone came to mind. This a company with all of the initiatives above that launched a few years ago. Despite coverage from the Wall Street Journal & BBC, I still don’t know anyone who has one, let alone knows about FairPhone.
Reflecting on class today, I think FairPhone offers an excellent alternative to mainstream companies profiting off of exploitation. However, people are not willing to give up the convenience of the systems their lives are intertwined in (i.e – iMessage, iCal, reminders etc.).