The Hidden Cost of Your Smartphone

Find out how your gadgets affect communities around the world, which smartphone brands top our conflict mineral ranking, and what you can do to reduce your impact.


From the mines their components come from to the landfill sites they end up in, our electronic devices leave deep ethical and environmental footprints on our planet. However, there are steps we can all take to reduce the global effects of our tech habit.

To find out more about the ways our technology affects the environment and communities around the world, we’ve tracked the lifespan of a smartphone – the most-frequently replaced gadget most of us own.

Watch the video here and read on to discover how we, and the companies we buy from, could be doing better.