My interest in Fairphone first came from my friend who gifted me the phone, as he works changing supply webs of companies towards more regenerative practices (at Terra Genesis International). I’ve used GNU/Linux for years because I like the politics/ethics and also the ability to customize, and I’ve participated in social and environmental community processes for years (I grew up in a city with dozens of petrochemical refineries, so the harm of that way of doing things was pretty obvious)… so the Fairphone initiative catches my interest in many ways. There’s still a ways to go before reaching my dream of a compostable (or even edible!) phone or computer (explained a little bit in this video), but the Fairphone and related efforts are where the rubber meets the road on this path.
I received a lightly used Fairphone 2 as a gift from a close friend in January, and I’ve almost migrated to use it as my full-time phone. I’m waiting to get the case replaced (following the instructions in this post) and for Android 6 to reach FP Open. I live about one kilometer from the ocean in a rainy part of Ecuador, and sometimes I use my phone to take photos while working on farms, so my Fairphone 2 will get tested for durability in a humid and slightly salty enviroment.
These days I collaborate with a campesino organization, a permaculture education project, and the AlterMundi community network collective. I showed how to take apart and reassemble my Fairphone and told some of the Fairphone story in an AlterMundi workshop at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina, in early May, and also at the Agroecology & Political School of a campesino organization here in Ecuador – it’s a great way to say “look, other ways of doing things aren’t just possible, we (humans) are already doing them!”
In AlterMundi, we want to start a conversation with Fairphone about the manufacturing and recycling of the LibreRouter, so please let me know who to get in touch with!
Happy to join the forum!