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My Fairphone2, 17,418 - Review and Vlogs by Sabeena Ahmed

My Fairphone2,  17,418 - Review and Vlogs by Sabeena Ahmed

 

My Fairphone2

I thought I would share a few of my vlogs and photographs I've uploaded with my Fairphone2 since I received it February 2016.

 

My Fairphone2 - Fair Trade Ethical Living, A review, videos and photographs taken with my Fairphone2 17,418 by Sabeena Ahmed

 

My Fairphone2 - Fair Trade Ethical Living, A review, videos and photographs taken with my Fairphone2 17,418 by Sabeena Ahmed

My Fairphone2 - 17,418

 

Review

I've used my Fairphone for the past 3 and half years and am very happy with it.

I've taken videos, photographs and use it to keep in touch with my family.

 

Verdict

Although, expensive at 450 Euros, the Fairphone2 is the must have alternative smart phone for any ethically conscious consumer aspiring to actively support climate change and the circular economy.

 

Pro's

  • The worlds first ethical, modular and functional phone.
  • Transparent Supply Chains.
  • Fairtrade Certified Gold used in the circuit board mined via fairtrade regulations.
  • Conflict Free Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten.
  • Participating in the Conflict Free Tin Initiative.
  • Repairable.
  • Reclaim e-waste safely.
  • Supporting workers rights and paying fair wages.

 

Con's

  • Only available in Europe.
  • Price
  • Apps often freeze or crash.
  • Camera could be sharper.
  • Fairtrade Updater too slow.
  • Not enough memory.
  • More accessories required.

 

Fairphone2 Video Blog - 2016

For My Six Items Challenge 2016 - I recorded a blog about my Fairphone 2 

I'm proud to say I am the owner of a Fair Phone 2 - No 17,418!!!

 

What is the Fairphone?

In 2013, Fairphone launched a movement for fairer electronics. By making a phone, they opened up the supply chain and created new relationships between people and their products. They are making a positive impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first. Together with their community, they are changing the way products are made.

Credit and Source: Fairphone website 2017

 

What is a Circular Economy?

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and products and materials at the end of service life.

 

Why a circular economy is important

As well as creating new opportunities for growth, a more circular economy will:

    • reduce waste
    • drive greater resource productivity 
    • deliver a more competitive UK economy.
    • position the UK to better address emerging resource security/scarcity issues in the future. 
    • help reduce the environmental impacts of our production and consumption in both the UK and abroad. 

 Credit and Source: WRAP

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (which operates as WRAP) is a registered UK Charity

 

Fairphone videos and photographs

I have decided to showcase a few of the most fun and creative vlogs I have participate in over the past 3+ years. I enjoyed recording my graduation presentation below.

 

My impromptu graduation presentation for the BSEP, NAMA and SSE London recorded using my Fairphone2

MY STORY

What inspired you to start the business?

The Situation

  • During Ramadan 2008 I was poorly and recovering from surgery.
  • I was reading Islamic Banking and Insurance.
  • The last assignment illustrated how Islam promoted equal distribution of wealth. This statement made me question inequality and poverty in the world.
  • This was my epiphany that motivated me to take action .

 

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The Change

  • I wanted to alleviate poverty, promote equality and justice for the most disadvantaged individuals and communities around the world.

 

First Steps

  • Wrote to the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and asked them if I could start a Fair Trade movement in the United Arab Emirates. They responded positively and told me to I should pursue my fair-trade activities.
  • I visited Fair Trade Egypt, Cairo.

I commenced trading at the Dubai Flea Market and then moved to the Covent Garden Market Jumeirah, Dubai.

 

 

YOUR BUSINESS

 What are you offering?

  • I offer fair trade and ethically produced bespoke products hand made by disadvantaged small producers and groups around the world.

 

My Business

 

Who do you help?

  • Majority of artists are women, widows, victims of human trafficking, marginalized individuals some have disabilities and ethic/indigenous tribes.

 

How does it work?

  • I retail fair trade products at specialist markets, exhibitions and boutiques in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  • I conduct primary research by testing new fair trade ranges and ask consumers what they like and dislike.
  • I promote fair-trade by visiting schools, universities, women’s organizations, government events in Dubai/Abu Dhabi.
  • I visit fair-trade campaigners and supporters in the United Kingdom.
  • I conduct interviews with fair-trade producers when I visit fair-trade producer groups.

 

WHY IT MATTERS?

Why It Matters?

Think about impact?

What positive impact does your service or product make?

  • Producers especially women are empowered financially, increased levels of self confidence, esteem and respect and dignity.
  • They receive fair wages and
  • Better working conditions
  • Strengthen their position in the community
  • They have more control over their lives.

 

Why does it matter to you?

  • I love fair-trade social and trade justice.
  • My work makes me happy.
  • My mind, body, spirit and soul are at peace.
  • I feel I am working towards positivity and achieving good.
  • My faith plays a very important role.

 

What motivates you?

  • My parents are my motivation.
  • My late beloved mother always instilled the values of selflessness and willingness to try to help others in need.
  • Fairtrade and the producers motivate and inspire me.
  • Support Fairtrade

 

Photographs taken with the Fairphone2

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony 2019 Sharjah UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony Hall, 2019

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony 2019 Sharjah UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony Agenda, 2019  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony Agenda, 2019 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

 BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony Alistair Wilson CEO of SSE London, 2019  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

 BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony

Alistair Wilson CEO of SSE London, 2019 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

 BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony group photo, 2019  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony Group Photo, 2019 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

  

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019, Amy and Kylie Dickenson from SSE London and North West,  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019,

Amy and Kylie Dickenson from SSE London and SSE North West, 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019, Sabeena Ahmed with Lina Hamdan BSEP and NAMA,  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019,

Sabeena Ahmed with Lina Hamdan BSEP and NAMA, 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

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My BSEP, NAMA, and SSE London certificate

 

 

Swiss Business Council Christmas Market,

Abu Dhabi, December 2018

During December 2018 I was privileged and honoured to participate at the Swiss Business Council for the third time. All the videos and photographs have been taken with my Fairphone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Claudine Maagar and Sabeena Ahmed at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market 2018

Ms Claudine Maagar and Sabeena Ahmed at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market 2018

Swiss Business Council Xmas Market Chalets, Abu Dhabhi 2018

Christmas Chalets

Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2018

Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

 

From the 5-8 December I participated at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

 

Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop at the Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi 2018

 The Little Fair Trade Shop

 

Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop at the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market 2018 Abu Dhabi UAE
 The Little Fair Trade Shop at the Swiss Business Council
Christmas Market, December 2018

 

Sabeena Ahmed at the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market Abu Dhabi 2018

 

The Little Fair Trade Shop - Night time at the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market 2018

 Night time at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market, Abu Dhabi 

 

Fairtrade Recycled Pencil Clock sold by The Little Fair Trade Shop at the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market 2018 Abu Dhabi UAE
Fairtrade Recycled Pencil Clock and other fairtrade gifts

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Engel, Ms Maager and the entire Swiss Business Council team for their wonderful professionalism and support.
Many thanks to both Ms Engel and Ms Maager for asking about my health and shoulders during the event.

Fairtrade customer at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market, Abu Dhabi 2018
Fairtrade heart fan

 

Ladies modelling singing bell and star at the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market 2018

 Thank you to all the wonderful customers and new friends for supporting The Little Fair Trade Shop and all the amazing fairtrade producers around the world.

 

Fairtrade hand made bespoke gifts

 Fairtrade mini hand knitted dinosaurs at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market, Abu Dhabi 2018
Fairtrade mini dinosaurs
 
Fairtrade Recycled Bicycle Wheel Frame at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market 2018
Fairtrade Recycled Bicycle Wheel Frame

 

Fairtrade Elephant Globe at the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market 2018
 Fairtrade Elephant Globe and other home accessories

 

Fairtrade Recycled Bicycle Wheel and fairtrade boxes retailed by the Little Fair trade Shop at the Swiss Business Council xmas market Abu Dhabhi 2018
Fairtrade Recycled Bicycle Wheel and fairtrade boxes

 

Fairtrade Frida Kahlo hand embroidered wall hanging retailed by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop, Swiss Business Council Xmas Market Abu Dhabi 2018
Fairtrade Frida Kahlo hand embroidered wall hanging

 

 Fairtrade hand crochet octopuses needing a new home at the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market Abu Dhabi 2018 retailed by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Fairtrade hand crochet octopuses needing a new home at

the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market

 

Fairly traded In The Desert Children's Book retailed by The Little Fair Trade Shop at the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market Abu Dhabi 2018

Fairly traded In The Desert Children's Book

 

Fairly traded singing bell stars retailed by The Little Fair Trade Shop at the Swiss Business Council Xmas Market Abu Dhabi 2018

Fairly traded singing bell stars

 

 

 

 

Teaching fairtrade to Year 5 at

the Manor Primary School, Dubai - October 2017

I was invited to teach fair trade to Year 5 at the Manor Primary School, Dubai.

Sabeena Ahmed teaching Year 5 fair trade at the Manor Primary School Dubai September 2017

Sabeena Ahmed with Mrs Mercer and Year 5 at the Manor Primary School

  

And discussed the poster ''Where do fair trade products come from?''

Where do fair trade products come from? Teaching fair trade to Yr 5 at the Manor Primary School Dubai Sept 17

Where do Fairtrade products come from?

I decided to take a shopping basket full of fair trade products for the children to touch, read and eat. Children also savored the seriously smooth Divine Milk Chocolate.

We ended the session by taking photographs of the children wearing fair trade certified cotton T-shirts, holding the fair trade banner and wearing banana costumes.love

Yr 5 learners at Manor Primary School Dubai. What is fair trade lesson by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Year 5 and Mrs Mercer - Manor Primary School, Dubai

 

Yr 5 learners at Manor Primary School Dubai. What is fair trade lesson by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Mrs Mercer dressed as a fair trade banana and Year 5 -

Manor Primary School, Dubai

 

Yr 5 learners at Manor Primary School Dubai. What is fair trade lesson by Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Teaching fair trade to Year 5 

It was a fabulous morning teaching fair trade and I look forward to returning soon.

 

My Thoughts about E-waste and fairer electrionics

I am proud to say that the I am owner of a Fairphone, the Fairphone is the world's first ethical, modular and functional phone. 

 

It's the only smart phone I have ever purchased. 

 

It has been a natural transition from fairtrade campaigner, educator and social entrepreneur to Fairphone user and ethical consumer. I have been happy to lead by example and continue to patiently educate the public in particular the South East Asian Disapora about the environmental impact and hazards caused by the recycling of e waste and also encourage the practice of a circular economy. 

 

It has been exciting to support the global movement for fairer electronics which has opened up the supply chain and established vibrant conversations between consumers and manufacturers about ethical values.

 

The Fairphone has been making a positive impact across value chains, mining, design, manufacturing and the life cycle of the phone. 
 
Fairtrade and the Sustainable Development Goals
Fairtrade supports the Sustainable Development Goals in particular goals 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17.

 

I am incredibly passionate about reducing my carbon footprint and SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG 13 Climate Action are goals that reinforce my personal values and principles of Fair Trade Ethical Living.

 

Sustainability = protecting and not depleting the earth's natural resources for future generations. 
Simply, People and Planet before Profits.

 

The detrimental effects of e waste. 
It's appalling and heartbreaking to watch documentaries about children in Pakistan, Bukina Faso and young men in Ghana, the worlds e waste graveyard inhaling hazardous chemicals that cause cancer when they remove precious metals from e waste for a measly pittance. These cruel inhumane working conditions must STOP NOW!

 

However, slow and infuriating the e waste challenge, we must not accept defeat and work collectively to change the shopping habits and mindsets of individuals.
 
Consumers and governments must act and hold electronic manufacturers accountable, demand fairer electronics and legislate multi nationals to dispose e waste in accordance with health and safety regulations and make it illegal to transport e waste to other countries for disposal.
 
WE all need to make small changes to save our precious planet and protect innocent children and individuals from exploitation.  Purchasing a Fairphone is just one of them.
 
I am optimistic that there is a growing movement of compassionate ethical consumers in the UAE who are questioning how and where e waste is recycled?
 
I hope my efforts will encourage others to think about purchasing fairer electronics.'

 

Thank you for reading.
Sabeena

 

 

Further Reading and Links

For more information about the Fairphone 2 and Fairer Electronics click on the links below.

Fairphone

Wrap

Manor Primary School

Fairtrade Foundation

WFTO 

Banana Link





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