Firstly, know that these are simply more sustainable (they still have plastic parts and at present, there is no vegan option as the liquid crystal display is made with animal cholesterol, same with TVs and laptops). Oppo claims to have invented the world’s first vegan smartphone, however this appears to be due to the vegan leather case. However for people who use them, choosing one that is made with conflict-free materials and lasts longer with no unnecessary add-ons (extra chargers) and offers easy repair is the best choice. Buying refurbished phones is even better! Also see how to switch to a greener phone company.
- Teracube has a 4-year warranty as opposed to the 2-years of most other phones. The crowdfunded Teracube 2e includes a biodegradable case, rechargeable battery and screen protector, with the charger not included. The dual rear cameras take vivid sharp images (one to capture the depth, the other to capture vibrant colours). It also takse beautiful selfies (if that’s your thing).
- Fairphone will take back your old phone, to replace with a partly-recycled and conflict-free smartphone. Fairphone 4 is the most sustainable with 5g speed, 5-year warranty and is electronic waste neutral. Includes great battery life and a premium dual camera. It has a recycled plastic back cover, and no part is glued shut – you can easily repair it yourself, using a standard screwdriver. Opt for a vegan cover.
- Shift is a small German family company that has created the world’s first modular mobile phone. You can expand the storage, the battery can be easily changes, repairs can be done yourself and your warranty is still valid, even if you disassemble it. These phones are not sold with chargers, as most households already have one at home. Made to fair working conditions with no conflict materials.
Where to Donate Your Mobile Phone
Millions of old mobile phones are languishing in drawers across England. You can sell them to many companies, or alternatively donate them to raise money to help others. Some choices are: