In the EU, it is not allowed to sell electronic products with less than 2 years of warranty. In preliminary discussions on the Circular Economy, many even suggest to extend this period further…
On the question by @MarieC, my motivation was very simple: conflict minerals. When I first heard about the Fairphone 1, it was mainly focussing on this issue. So I had not much “choice” in reasons to buy one
It’s a problem I’ve been interested in for years, so I was very happy to learn about this initiative to start changing the system from within, sot by yelling loud from the outside (which has its use and should not be underestimated either, of course).
Later, I was very happy to learn they also tried to focus on e-waste and other labour issues besides the mining.
I’m very happy with it, even though I had to replace my FP1 by a FP2 because for some reason my phone crashed completely every month. It was not a functional phone any more I’m very, very happy with the FP2 though, especially with the continuing pursuit of fair minerals and the modular design to prevent e-waste. I show it to everyone and take the screen off regularly (especially at congresses and such, where a lot of like-minded people are found!).
Even though I would like every company to be like FP (more social, sustainable and responsible), I know it’s not likely this will be the major business model anywhere in the near future. The opposite behavior is rewarded by the current economic system (and I know we have to change the system, I just don’t see it happen too soon). But that’s why I like FP so much: they prove that, even in the current system, it is possible to be social, sustainable and responsible and still be profitable. It shows us there are no more excuses: if a company doesn’t do it, it’s a choice, not because it’s not possible.