When looking at the FP charger on the website, the following caught my attention:
“And it wouldn’t be a Fairphone charger, if we didn’t do our best to include recycled plastic in its housing.”
What does this mean? Did they actually include recycled plastics, and if so, how much and post- or preconsumer recycled? Or did they try to include it and failed… I am really wondering, because often such vague claims can be found in greenwashing companies. Hope that that is not the case here
Curious about your thoughts on this…
Yes thank you, it is as I expected. Pre-consumer is plastic, in this case, that never made it to the end consumer.
Remains left in the production, that are recycled.
This version is more of a sensible business use. Imagine all the filings of gold when a ring is being cut down to fit a smaller finger, or the millings from piece of aluminium being shaped.
Pre consumer waste reduction can also be enforced on a company by legislation as in reducing waste to stop pollution
The post consumer is a mix of both too. Whereas legislation can enforce the consumer it relies more on the notion of care for the overall environment as well, and more so, localised pollution.
No one wants to fill their garden with rubbish but them who else can we dump it on. It becomes a business in it’s own right and then we can use legislation to support the business.
In Faiphone’s case you could of course ask them, but I think you will fine it is post-consumer based on the ‘logic’ that the quality hasn’t been up to par, note the FP3 brittle back, and so I’ve heard about the FP4 back cover. And the colours of the plastics, including the FP4 options, grey, green etc. though note the green is only painted grey so all the plastic is grey.
Pretty sure it looks like recycled consumer rubbish. Ecologically it may have some fans, but phones are anything but ecological so tarting it up with recycled plastic won’t help at all.