The device I am researching is an iPad, produced by, and it costs 499-699 USD.

An iPad can connect to the internet wirelessly, you can Face time and call people and email, and do many more things if you buy an app for it .(games) It cannot physically do anything but it can electronically do many many things.

The materials used in this device are from the Congo and are elements like tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold, indium, oxygen, metal, bronze, aluminium, holmium, ogcopper, and compounds like glass and plastic .These materials make The case surrounding the cell phone , glue, the screen, motherboard memory chip, camera, and many more parts.These parts help make the I-Pad’s batteries more efficient, to make the I-Pad to buzz silently, to make the parts stay together, and,  It also makes the display data last longer too.

These parts are useful, but they can cause some damage too. Here are some things that impact on the gathering of these materials.

Economic waste : If you throw away your device you are wasting all of the people in the Congo’s hard non pay work consumers are most likely to get a new device in only 18 months, making it more possible for the consumer to throw away their old device

Economic growth : A good thing is that the more electronics you buy the more money goes into the government and to the company… if the government gets more taxes, more schools will be better quality and the teachers, firemen, policemen, will get better pay and would want to do the work more.

Safety : If you force the people to work hard and not get any money they will eventually be in danger of death because of the low resources needed to live.

Environmental : Consumers are most likely to get a new device in only 18 months, making it more possible for the consumer to throw away their old device. Because of waste of the materials used in phones, the environment will be full of waste.

Population : There was over 5.4 million Congo civil conflict deaths , more deaths than the US revolution, US civil war , Vietnam war, and the Korean war because of people refusing to work in the mines without getting payed and getting shot or, just simply being killed making the population decrease largely, just because people are forcing the people in Congo to work and get the materials that i listed before without pay.

What can we do to help?

Set up a campaign : Set up a campaign to save your devices. Do not waste your devices when you could always give them to other people, if it is working completely fine and you just want to upgrade, throwing it out is not the solution.

Talk to the government in the Congo :Talk to the government in the Congo ( set up a protest ) and try to make the laws more secure and productive. You could talk to them about illegalizing work without pay.

Force the government or company : Force the company to give money by protesting to make the people working in the Congo work with pay, if not, force them to do so by threatening to not buy their products anymore. Or, expose the company to public and make their products not sell.

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