Emmanuelle Chriqui wants a better iphone
by Michael dEstries
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Since I would happily do whatever Emmanuelle Chriqui told me to, I’m hoping that Apple’s Tim Cook will do the same.

The “Entourage” star recently joined a petition asking the tech giant’s CEO to consider sourcing minerals for its popular iPhone from conflict-free regions of the Eastern Congo.

“I want the electronics that I use to be conflict-free,” said Chriqui, upon announcing her support for the campaign. “Apple is already a leader in the field and could make the first-ever conflict-free electronics with minerals from Congo.”

The campaign, launched on Change.org, was started by Congolese native Delly Mawazo Sesete and has already received over 55,000 signatures and worldwide news coverage.

“I want an iPhone for the holidays this year,” writes Sesete, “and I do like the iPhone4S – but having monitored mining sites in eastern Congo for several years documenting human rights abuses, I have seen firsthand the rape, violence, and devastation being fueled by the trade in minerals found in electronics products.

“I cannot in good conscience purchase a new phone because the gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum that power it are destroying my home,” he adds.

Add your own name to the petition here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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