Elements of a Smartphone

Mobile devices contain conflict elements like gold, toxic ones like arsenic and rare elements like indium. Natural sources of six of the elements found in mobile phones are set to run out within the next 100 years.

More than half of people (59%) said knowing this would make them more likely to recycle old devices.

‘Conflict elements’ include tin, gold, tungsten and tantalum – which is also used in mobile phones – and are mined in areas where fierce battles and child labour are often a routine part of their mining.

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Published: Tuesday 24 September 2019 - Last modify: Friday 03 January 2020
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