Smartphones are owned by one in five people and have changed how many of the world’s most important industries work from journalism to farming. But their production carries a cost; using more than 40 elements that are mined with untold environmental and social effects on every inhabited continent on earth. Use our interactive to take a detailed look at positive and negative impacts your smartphone has made on people and planet.
I found this interactive on The Guardian this morning, and I thnk it’s actually quite a good educational tool. It shows the positive impacts of the relatively recent explosive adoption of smartphones by industries of all kinds, as well as the considerable environmental impacts of producing a typical smartphone. Have a play around with it; there’s lots of useful - and perhaps susrising - information to absorb.