Over 5,300 people have paid €325 each for a sustainable smart phone – the brainwave of Dutch company Fairphone.com – meaning the startup project can now go ahead.
The company had set a target date of June 14 to attract the necessary 3,000 buyers to start production of the phone, which will have a 16 GB internal memory and runs on the Android system.
The phone is the brainchild of Bas van Abel, who wanted to develop a more sustainable phone.
This means its components – such as tin and tantalum – will not come from conflict zones, the workers will be paid properly and work in good conditions and and recycling will be maximised. The company also promises a fair and transparent pricing structure.
In total, Amsterdam-based Fairphone.com is hoping to produce 20,000 phones.