The Best Inventions of 2020
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November 19, 2020 8:56 AM EST

Some 50 million tons of electronic waste is created each year, much of it composed of elements that were unethically sourced in the first place. (One example: gold, found in circuit boards, is often mined under dangerous conditions.) In contrast, Dutch company Fairphone makes phones using minerals from conflict-free zones, sourced via more responsible supply chains. The phones are also built to stay out of landfills as long as possible. Made of 40% recycled plastic, the new Fairphone 3+ (€469, or roughly $554) has replaceable parts and an expected life span of five years. Its repair-friendly design lets you swap your battery or screen, or even upgrade your camera’s quality with just a screwdriver, encouraging users to hang on to their devices longer. —Patrick Lucas Austin

Buy now: Fairphone 3+

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