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More phone companies come clean

Mining waste with forest in the background

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Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG now have all publicly accepted that their phones probably contain environment-trashing tin from Bangka Island.

Last week we wrote to these big mobile phone producers to let them know that we were turning our attention to them. We told them that over 25,000 people have contacted Apple and Samsung and that they could expect to hear from lots of you soon.

Ask Apple to come clean

Tin mining waste heaps with forest beyond

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

For the past six months Apple has ignored the questions from 25,000 Friends of the Earth supporters about the hidden impact of its iPhones. Stories of child labour and environmental destruction have been met with silence.

Now Apple has released a statement about Bangka island:

Turn up the heat on Apple

Mining spoil heaps with tropical forest in distance

The devastation caused by tin mining on Bangka Island © Friends of the Earth

Thousands of emails from our amazing suporters forced Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin from Indonesia's Bangka Island in its products.

But Apple is still refusing to go public about whether its phones contain tin from Bangka Island.

Samsung admits to using unsustainable tin

mined land with forest in the background

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth suupporters have forced the world's biggest-selling smartphone maker to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin in its products.

Samsung, a multi-billion pound company, has investigated its supply chain and discovered that it uses Bangka Island's tin. This tin mining is destroying tropical forests, coral reefs and livelihoods.

Samsung admits to using unsustainable tin

Mounds of mining waste with forest in the distance.

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth supporters have forced the world's biggest-selling smartphone maker to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin in its products.

Samsung, a multi-billion pound company, has investigated its supply chain and discovered that it uses Bangka Island's tin. This tin mining is destroying tropical forests, coral reefs and livelihoods.

Smartphones destroy forests and coral reefs

Spoil heaps and holes full of water with tropical forest in the background

© Ulet

Research by Friends of the Earth has found that smartphones sold by Samsung and Apple almost certainly contain tin from Indonesia where mining is devastating forests and farmland, coral reefs and many communities.

Tin is used for solder in phones, computers, and all other electronic gadgets. Around a third of the world's tin comes from Bangka and neighbouring island Belitung.

Unilever, put the brakes on destructive palm oil

Unilever put the brakes on destructive palmoil!

Please join Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) and tell Unilever to stop buying unsustainable palm oil from the Malaysian company IOI.

The expansion of palm oil cultivation in South East Asia often comes at the expense of small farmers and forests.

Palm oil day of action photo gallery

Palm oil day of action 2009, Queen Street, Cardiff

Two Orang-utangs in boxes saying Homeless and hungry, Please help

Person browsing at stall

Explaining the palm oil campaign to visitors

People signing postcards at the stall

Photos: Lyndsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Palm Oil

Palm oil protest stall Queen Street, Cardiff

Cardiff Friends of the Earth palm oil campaign stall, Queen Street Photo: Lindsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Demand for palm oil, a vegetable oil, is the most significant cause of rainforest loss in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Palm oil is found in 10 per cent of supermarket products. These include:

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