Everyone has a mobile device now, from babies who watch cartoons on tablets to older people who use smartphones to call their grandchildren. You cannot live without a phone if you want to be part of the modern world and keep up with the times. At the same time, mobile devices are fragile and not durable. Manufacturers make phones and many other electronics to last only a certain period. For example, a few years ago, there were a few resonant media scandals
related to large smartphone manufacturers slowing down their devices after a few years of use.
When a device breaks down, people often prefer buying a new gadget instead of repairing an old one. This results in overproduction, which harms the environment, as manufacturing new devices require lots of resources. At the same time, we could achieve an annual reduction of carbon emissions equal to the yearly amount produced by Ireland
just by extending the lifespan of mobile devices by 33% (for instance, replacing it after 4 years instead of 3).
That was one of the driving factors for Carlos Maldonado, the CEO of Fixoem
, to start his business. His idea was to help the environment by selling spare parts for devices and promoting sustainability among mobile users. Fixoem started as a small company, but now more than 90,000 clients visit their website every month.