Yes, you read right. Your smartphone could be the cause for war, genocide and other crimes against humanity. You’re probably thinking: “There’s no way I can be part of what’s causing such terrible situations.” Reality is, you could, all because of the minerals found in your electronic devices.
According to Fairphone, there can be up to 40 minerals in a smartphone. On the list: tungsten, iron, copper, tantalum, nickel, tin, gold, silver, etc. The ones that interest us here are tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (or 3TG), most commonly referred to as conflict minerals. Why conflict minerals? Because the exploitation and exportation of these minerals (and their derivatives) are financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries.
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