Sustainable harvested materials?

From slaves harvesting rare earth minerals to the production of PCB’s using carcinogenic materials, there are many companies that are looking to address the supply chain in the manufacturing of their phones to make a final product that is healthier for everyone involved.
I am enthusiastic about your product and would like to know if this is another element of mudita that I can be confident about. What can you tell us about your supply chain and the sustainability of your product?

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I’m really interested to hear about this too - all of the aspects seem to be really well-considered, so I would assume the materials for construction would be too, but I haven’t seen anything describing what it’s made of other than the E ink.

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Hi, thank you for your comments. I understand your concerns and I agree that this is an important topic. We try hard to have control over all aspects of the supply chain, wherever it’s possible for such a small company like Mudita. Since we are revealing a list of all components together with the launch of our Kickstarter campaign we will do our best to add all necessary information about materials sourcing soon.

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@Brooke_Feely @pup we compiled a list of suppliers and links to their policies in one place so it’s easier to track it:

Supplier
NXP https://www.nxp.com/about/about-nxp/about-nxp/corporate-responsibility/engagement/supplier-engagement:SUPPLIER-RESPONSIBILITY https://www.nxp.com/docs/en/supporting-information/NXP-Supplier-Code-of-Conduct-EN.pdf
Avnet https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/emea/about-us/human-rights/ https://www.avnet.com/wps/wcm/connect/onesite/9bab59d8-c230-4545-bf47-9cfa4be409cd/C1013-Global-Supplier-Quality-Handbook.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=me3SO26&CVID=me3SO26&CVID=me3SO26&CVID=me3SO26&CVID=lZaxf54&attachment=false&id=1494951583861 https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/ebv/about-us/footer/conflict-mineral-policy/
Osram https://www.osram-group.com/en/sustainability/economic/supplier-management https://www.osram-group.com/~/media/Files/O/Osram/documents/en/Code%20of%20Conduct%20Declaration_EN_04_2018.pdf
Rutronik https://www.rutronik.com/fileadmin/Rutronik/Downloads/printmedia/company/code_of_conduct_brochure_en.pdf https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SjQnBS-yfm2SBSq0se2Y_E8k9E3osoiL
Wentronic https://www.wentronic.de/en/custom/index/sCustom/370
E-Ink https://www.eink.com/csr.html?type=activity&page=1 https://www.eink.com/assets/img/csr/csr-2017-report.pdf
Arrow electronics http://fiveyearsout.blob.core.windows.net/fiveyearsout/upload/Arrow_COC_English.pdf
Harman https://www.harman.com/sites/default/files/Harman%20Supplier%20Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf https://www.harman.com/sites/default/files/CONFLICT%20MINERALS%20POLICY%20STATEMENT_2_0.pdf https://www.harman.com/sites/default/files/Anti-Slavery%20Statement_0.pdf
Precision Microdrives https://www.precisionmicrodrives.com/company/ethics-policy/ https://www.precisionmicrodrives.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Code-of-Ethics-2018.pdf
Alliance Memory https://www.alliancememory.com/documentation-resources/
Kingston Technology https://www.kingston.com/us/company/social-and-environmental-responsibility https://www.kingston.com/en/company/environment
Cree https://www.cree.com/about/sustainability
Semiconductor Components Industries https://www.onsemi.com/PowerSolutions/content.do?id=19333
Telit https://y1cj3stn5fbwhv73k0ipk1eg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Telit_Code_of_Ethics_2017.pdf https://www.telit.com/modern-slavery-statement/
Molex Electronic Solutions https://www.molex.com/molex/ecocare/california-supply-chains-act.jsp https://codeofconduct.kochind.com/pl-PL/Front-cover https://www.molex.com/suppliers/english/CSR-699010-003-EN.pdf
Texas Instruments http://www.ti.com/about-ti/citizenship-community/texas-instruments-citizenship.html
Maxim Integrated https://www.maximintegrated.com/en/aboutus/maxim-corporate-policies.html https://investor.maximintegrated.com/corporate-responsibility/default.aspx
Analog Devices https://www.analog.com/en/about-adi/quality-reliability.html
TDK Electronics company https://www.tdk-electronics.tdk.com/en/180314/company/environmental-protection https://www.tdk-electronics.tdk.com/en/180346/company/corporate-social-responsibility
Taiyo Yuden https://www.yuden.co.jp/eu/company/csr/environment/
ABRACON LLC https://abracon.com/uploads/resources/ABRACON-Letter-of-Non-use-of-Conflict-Minerals-Rev-D.pdf https://abracon.com/resources
SiTime https://www.sitime.com/support/resource-library
STMicroelectronics https://www.st.com/content/st_com/en/about/quality-and-reliability.html
Rohm https://csr.rohm.com/
Murata Manufacturing https://www.murata.com/en-eu/about/csr?intcid5=com_xxx_xxx_cmn_nv_xxx
Diodes Incorporated https://www.diodes.com/quality/

Thank you for your patience!
Cheers,
Lukasz

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Hey guys, I noticed that the construction material for the Mudita Pure is still in test. On the topic of sustainability and in line with your manifesto, maybe you would consider bamboo fibre composite as a possible option. Randomly I bought a lunch box made of it recently, it is light weight, waterproof, strong, shock resistance can be printed onto and while not entirely environmentally friendly, offers a real alternative to plastic. It is smooth, but has a natural texture to it, I think it would really compliment your product in a variety of ways. https://publications.waset.org/9998043/pdf

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Hi @alanj, thank you for your comment. We will investigate the material that you suggested.

There were many interesting materials, but we have pretty rigorous requirements. It needs to be easily injected (injection molding process) and allow us to achieve 0.1 mm accuracy.

Cheers,
Lukasz

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Hi @alanj, the bamboo material seems awesome! As any other natural-based material would be. This would complement the Mudita phone very well as I’m all in for reducing the use of plastics. Indeed, if technically possible as Lukasz mentions.

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Hi @wolfie, wouldn’t it be cool, I believe aswell on further investigation that it is injectible to the accuracy Lukasz mentioned.

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