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The really “smart” phone of the future? Fully recyclable, responsibly produced in the People’s Republic of China, and built on blood-free minerals from Congo’s South Kivu province.
Good news: in Amsterdam, apparently, the future has just begun, since a young organization is attempting to change the way we look at our mobiles and−more in general−remind us of the role we play with our daily choices as consumers in defining socio-economic development patterns worldwide.
Fairphone, a social enterprise launched in 2013, employs a truly hands-on approach that utilizes existent market forces and supply chain systems to produce smartphones whose every stage of production is closely monitored to ensure compliance with sustainable practices and fair working conditions.
In more and more river basins around the world, water use is bumping up against the limits of a finite supply. Groundwater is being overpumped, wetlands are drying out, lakes are shrinking, and large rivers—from the Indus and the Nile to the Murray and the Colorado—are so tapped out that they rarely reach the sea.1
Society faces a difficult conundrum: water is finite, but human demands for it are not. Water is needed to produce just about everything we use, eat, and wear—from electricity and paper to burgers and blue jeans. Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have estimated that humanity's collective water footprint totals some 9,087 cubic kilometers per year—a volume of water equivalent to the annual flow of 500 Colorado Rivers.2...