By 2020 it’s estimated there will be almost 3.6 billion smartphones in circulation around the world – that’s the equivalent of almost half the global population with a smartphone! With an average lifespan of approximately 2 years before upgrade or replacement, the demand for the resources used to produce mobile devices and the number of devices potentially entering the waste stream will only continue to grow.

However, 99% of materials can be recovered when mobile devices are recycled.

Why is this important to us? Mobile phones contain minerals such as gold, Climate Change, Deforestation cobalt, tungsten and coltan. Some of these materials are mined from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in an area near the Congo Basin, a key natural habitat for chimpanzees. Mining and control over this area drives illegal bushmeat hunting, destroys crucial great ape habitats, and has triggered civil conflict and unrest.

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Jane Goodall looking out onto green hills of Africa. Used on the Join Team Goodall page for the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, encouraging people to give monthly to the Institute and Jane Goodall's legacy.
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