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Where does your smartphone come from?

There are more than 60 different metals in your pocket right now - 16 of which are considered rare. They make up your smarphone and give it a set of superpowers. Understand where these materials come from and how they are discarded

According to the UN (United Nations), 6 billion people around the world have mobile phones. Up to 83 different elements from the periodic table make up a regular smartphone - 62 of them are metals and 16 of these metals are considered rare. There is a whole industry working to develop better ways of recycling and reusing these precious materials. Around US$ 50 billion are thrown away every year through incorrect smartphone disposal.