There are a lot of different types of minerals that have different purposes in phones. Usually, minerals have good and bad uses. Some are light, some are heavy, etc. For example, gold is used for wiring because gold has good conductivity but gold is rare so it is expensive. Another example is that copper is used in a circuit board because it reduces the conductor channel by width and length. These examples show that each mineral has a unique positive side to it. Some have negative sides too. Each mineral used in making phones has a reason that is used instead of some other mineral.
There is a problem in the Congo, that 6 year old kids are going to the conflict mineral mines to work. This is a problem because people that mine there have a short lifespan because of the thick silicone dust. The average lifespan of the miners in Congo is about 40 years of age. BBC reporters found out that kids that are not of legal working age yet, work in the mines. Since people start working from a really young age, they die faster than other people in Africa. The people that work in the mines in Congo are not poor because they earn lots of money by selling the conflict minerals but they die earlier than they should because they don’t buy medicine. They buy ammunition instead. Adults in Congo should care more about the effects on kids working in the mines.
There are ways that schools can help solve the problems of conflict minerals. Schools give out many computers for students to use. These computers can be made out of conflict minerals so solving the problem of whether or not computers are made with conflict minerals will help to minimize the conflict mineral problem. One example to solve this is to recycle Apple technologies like MacBook, iPhone and Apple earphones. People are able to recycle Apple technologies at Apple’s official website and you can get iTunes cards in return. By using recycled minerals, the price of new products can be decreased as well. Recycling could be one of the biggest ways to minimize the conflict mineral problem. Schools that give out personal computers to students should try to do this.
Cites used in work:
- “Mining & IPhone Recycling.” Metallurgist & Mineral Processing Engineer, www.911metallurgist.com/mining-iphones/.
- “Dynamic Periodic Table.” Dynamic Periodic Table, www.ptable.com/#Writeup/Wikipedia.
- “Renew and Recycling.” Apple, www.apple.com/recycling/.
• Wakefield, Jane. “Apple, Samsung and Sony Face Child Labour Claims.” BBC News, BBC, 19 Jan. 2016, www.bbc.com/news/technology-35311456.