"IPhone can have three lives, it can be repaired twice, this is the strongest product, the one with the longest operating life," explained Matthieu Millet.
Given the latest price ban for the latest devices, more and more consumers choose to buy refurbished smart phones, much cheaper than new ones, a decision that also contributes to reducing the environmental impact of these expensive devices .
"A iPhone It can have three life, it can be repaired twice. This is the most robust product, the one with the longest operating life, "he said. Millet Matthieu, he was 39 for the company's front, Remade, located in the west of France, dedicated to repairing mobile phones, business that should move forward strongly over the next few years, according to a number of studies.
This year, Remade hopes to put 800,000 on the market iPhones "have to recreate" for prices lower than new devices (-26% in case a iPhone X, for example, while a new model of XS costs at least 1,155 euros).
"What Remade is a very good thing," said Erwann Fangeat, engineer with the Environment and Management Agency. French energy (Ademe, for her acronym in French).
"There is a smartphone at least 5 or 6 but 88% of the French are changing their cellphone although the old one is still working and valid".
In the building Ramede, a large warehouse that is not far from the Mont Saint-Michel tourists, hundreds of white coat workers resist, explore, repair and reconstruct thousands of iPhones daily.
Millet, who states herself as an admirator of the group Apple, she's wearing jeans and sneakers and he's managing a team of 850 people, and 500 are working to repair and re-call smartphones. In mid October, he announced the hire of additional 200 employees before the end of the year.
With just 23 years old, the company bought a television repair where he worked. In 2014, the re-announced iPhones re-realized, which made 200,000 euros in business numbers since February and 23 million euros in the year.
In 2017, the business number reached 130 million euros and continues "in strong growth" this year, according to Millet.
Raw material, damaged cell phones, are bought in large amounts of phone operators in France and US.
"We know how to disagree everything and assemble everything again, the product should only work, but it should work as it did when it was new," he said.
– Environmental impact –
In addition to the pockets, the repair and restarting industry has an interest in the environment.
Building smartphone has a significant environmental cost. You must draw between 95 and 225 kg of natural resources to build equipment of 300 grams. Each iPhone emits between 54 and 110 kg of CO2 during its construction period Apple
"The longer the product life lasts, the more its impact on the environment is reduced because it defers a new phone construction," said Fangeat. With an iPhone to republish, "we're leaving 90% of carbon compared to a new one," he added.
In addition, Remade certifies its manufacturing processes to calculate how many tonnes of greenhouse gases the company is keeping by giving a second life to phones. So, it expects to get 100,000 tonnes of carbon credit, and will be able to resell to more polluted companies.
"I'm not Greenpeace"Matthieu Millet released" But I'm proud of having this model, knowing that this is good for people and the planet ".
The raw material that needs to be recycled is still huge, because Ademe counts that 30 million phones have been kept in private homes. "The priority is, at least, to delay the purchase and to send it to repair when it spoils", even though Fangeat