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Mining Tin for Smartphones is Destroying Two Islands in Indonesia

While Apple has taken a lot of criticism for working conditions at its Foxconn assembly factories in China, focusing on one element in its massive supply chain obscures the fact that it may be impossible to build a computer without exploiting someone. Writing for The Guardian, George Monbiot looks at how the mining of tin, a basic element used to make solder to fix computer components in place, has turned the Bangka and Belitung islands in Indonesia into hell holes. 30 percent of the world's tin comes from these islands, and miners die about once a week extracting the mineral in a process that destroys the islands' rain forests and pollutes the remaining land by bringing acidic subsoil to the surface.

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