Recent work by Finnish street artist Sampsa highlights the abuses that companies like Apple and Samsung employ in order to get that shiny new smartphone into the hands of consumers. The companies source the tin used in thew phones as solder from mines on Bangka Island. The unregulated mills run on child labor, are destroying the environment in the region, and are so dangerous police estimate the death toll averages one worker every week. One-third of the world’s tin is mined in Bangka, and half of that goes to the electronics industry.
The artist’s campaign targets Apple, and specifically the late Steve Jobs, for pushing into the market a business model that relied on planned obsolescence.