The technology that I am researching is the iPhone 6 with 64 gigabits. The company that produces this piece of technology is Apple. This piece of technology coasts around 519.55 dollars. The main materials that make it do all the functions that you know of, are gold, cobalt and indium tin. Gold makes the circuit board work more efficiently and also is used to transfer the electricity to other parts of the circuit board. Cobalt makes up 60% of the battery. The indium tin makes the screen touchable.
There are also troubles and problem that come with making these wonderful gadgets. Most of the mines that these elements are collected are ran by warlords and the mines are normally conflict zones. The warlords force children and adults from local villages by pointing a gun at them and threatening them into labour. The warlords sell the minerals to the buyers that are normally in Asia, and then get the money and buy weapons to fund their campaigns against the government. Another problem is that the workers are not getting good wages and that means that they cant help their families and they cant get food and clean water. The U.S.A is trying to help with this problem and they are making progress. Environmental problems have grown because as soon as a mine runs out of the minerals they move on and there are these big holes in the ground that are just left there. Also the most valuable material that is used in the phone is gold and that is the most mined material. Did you know that just in yanacocha 1,600,000 tons of gold is mined. Another problem is that the government has no control over these rebel groups and a lot of the governments army is corrupt so they cant take back the mines. Another problem is that a lot of the people that purchase the products are not aware of where the materials that make the phone are from, and how they are mined. Another problem is that people want to get a upgrade and just throw the old phones into the garbage rather then recycling them.
Some solutions are to send a message to the producer and say that you know where they are sourcing the materials and put pressure on them to test if they are legal or are conflict mineral. You could also recycle your old phones so that they can reuse the materials rather then mining more and effecting the environments. You could also buy a different phone for example you could buy Fair Phone which means that their use of materials is all fair, you can also repair your phone rather then buying a totally new phone. You can also donate some money to the mines so that the mines could become conflict free zones and the workers could actually get good wages for all the work they have done.
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