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26% of executives admit to sleeping with their smart phone.

75% of Americans admit to using their cell phone while in the bathroom.

According to the GSM Association (the world’s leading body of mobile operators and device makers), mobile industry revenues are expected to rise to $1.9 trillion in 2015.

Cell phones are a big industry that impacts all of our lives and depending on who you talk to, this impact can be a positive or a negative. Yet our complaints about a lack of communication skills in the “smart phone generation” and using cell phones at the table seem petty compared to the slavery, exploitation, and pollution involved in the production of the cell phones we use.

As we become more concerned with the impact our consumerism has on the environment, the race is on for the world’s first Fairtrade certified phone. Naturally, some big contenders come into mind for who could produce this phone and one of them is Apple, who recently announced their intent to be the first tech company to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA). This action would be a huge step for the fair trade movement as many companies would fully suit in attaining such certifications.

However, another smaller company, Fairphone, is creating waves in this area. Fairphone’s goal is to create a cellphone that is made entirely of parts produced and utilized without harming individuals or the environment. The world’s first fully environmentally-friendly and socially-conscious cell phone.

While Apple might have the technology and capabilities to create an incredible phone, Fairphone seems to be clearer on what their goals are with this project. However, if Apple is to succeed in creating the first Fairtrade phone it will be a remarkable step in encouraging other companies to follow the behemoth down this path to sustainability.

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