Gallery - Mining for mobiles: devastation in Indonesia


Friends of the Earth has found shocking evidence that mining tin that may end up in smartphones is destroying forests and farmland, choking coral reefs and devastating communities on Indonesia’s Bangka islands.

Tin is a vital component in all phones and electronic gadgets and almost a third of the world’s supply is from the islands and surrounding sea beds.

To help prevent problems like those in Bangka, our Make It Better campaign is calling for tough new laws to make sure phone manufacturers and other companies reveal the full social and environmental impacts of their supply chains.