02 May '18, 2pm

Your phone could be made with child labor

Your phone could be made with child labor

Smartphones, laptops, and electric car batteries rely on cobalt, most of which comes from Congolese mines that employ children. The slick, ultra-modern Apple stores and Tesla dealerships that appear in major cities across North America are a far cry from the cramped cobalt mine shafts, crowded marketplaces, and sludge-filled rivers of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and yet, the presence of the former is entirely reliant on the existence of the latter. Without DRC's dirty and dangerous cobalt industry, our smart devices and electric cars would not exist. Cobalt is a mineral required for the construction of lithium-ion batteries, an integral part of mobile technology. With the ubiquity of smartphones and laptops, and now the growing popularity of electric vehicles and home batteries, the global demand for cobalt has exploded in the past two years. Its price has quad...

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