We were delighted to be visited yesterday by our good friend Derek from Hay Deli, our local emporium for all things organic, fresh and sausage roll shaped. He was showing off his newest bit of kit - a mobile phone with a difference.
The Fairphone is a relatively new addition to the mobile phone market, but it certainly struck a chord with us. It aims to be a truly fair competitor to the likes of the iPhone which have, let's just say, a slightly sketchy backstory. The commitment to fairness starts at the mining stage, where the raw materials for the phone are extracted, and goes through the design and manufacturing process, continuing through to look at the life cycle of the device and what happens when it's past its sell by date. As well as supporting the rights of workers and the environment throughout the production process, Fairphone also operate as a social enterprise, ensuring that any profits are reinvested in the project, not split up amongst shareholders.
We loved the design, and the phone itself seemed like a really solid piece of kit. But the real clincher with Fairphone is the story behind the product. Find out for yourself at www.fairphone.com and look out for the hashtag on Twitter - #WeAreFairphone.