A smartphone contains about 2 grams of tin, a tablet has about 4 grams. Not much? It is if you consider that Apple and Samsung sell between 70 and 90 million smartphones per year and that 118 million tablets are sold annually. A large percentage of this tin is mined in Indonesia on the islands of Bangka and Bilitung. This tin mining brings serious consequences for farmers and fisher families. ‘I fear that my children and grandchildren will have no future on Bangka’, said Alim from the village of Denian. ‘Tin mining is destroying the entire island.’
Milieudefensie wants to end human rights violations and child labour in tin mining and wants nature to be spared. Nature, agriculture and fishing on Bangka can be saved. Tin mines on Bangka could start right away to work responsibly and to treat people, wildlife and nature with respect if the producers of our tablets, laptops and mobile phones want to do so. Read more here about how together we can improve tin mining on Bangka.
Milieudefensie wants to reduce environmental damage caused by our electronic products. This not only means that metals must be extracted with more care, but that we must use less metal as well. Manufacturers can do a lot: they can take responsibility for the mines and the factories where their products are made. Also they can design products that last longer and are suitable for reuse. Milieudefensie and Friends of the Earth have assessed whether manufacturers take effective steps to ameliorate the situation on Bangka and Belitung. Some companies have taken initiatives, but none of the major electronics companies actively aims to source responsibly mined tin from Indonesia.