When my phone broke this summer I decided to make a different choise, to not just buy any new phone. Instead I went online and ordered a Fairphone, a phone made by a small company in the Netherlands. And yesterday it finally came!
Even though I had to wait while the phones were made it was definitely worth the wait. Because now I know that my phone isn't made with materials collected from comflict-areas. Coltan, that is an essential part of all phones, is often mined in areas controlled by rebels. The Fairphone Company decided to only use conflict-free minerals. They are also making sure that the workers in China who assemble the phones has fair wages and working situations. They also want to reuse as much as possible from old phones.
The first Fairphones came out in December 2013 and this summer the second batch was made. If you're currently without a phone I can highly recommend the Fairphone. The second batch isn't sold out yet.
The box the phone came in shows all the places relevant to making the phone. Such as where it was made and from where the parts are.