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On the 2014 Maker Faire in Hannover, there was a group of five persons active in fair electronics, who formulated a common goal: fair tin solder made from recycled tin as a first step!
We started an online survey, in order to find out if there were more persons interested in a fair alternative regarding soldering tin. More than 300 persons answered the survey, with the result that almost all participants would prefer a fair solder wire over conventional soldering tin.
After some positive press coverage, like this one from heise online, Stannol approached us. Stannol is a company with a long tradition that manufactures in Germany since 130 years. They told us, that they also were dealing with the topics of sustainability and fair mining conditions, and would therefore be interested in our undertaking.
We had the possibility to visit Stannols production facilities in Wuppertal. After mutually presenting our ideas on a fair soldering wire, we started a cooperation aimed at marketing a small batch of wire, produced as exploitation-free as possible.
Within this cooperation, our competency lies within the knowledge of the criteria of a fair and sustainable production. Stannol contributes the means and experiences for producing and marketing solder.
For this first batch of wire, tin solely from secundary resources is used, which marks our first milestone. By doing so, we prevent that new tin, mined under exploitatory conditions and causing the devastation of unique areas of unspoiled nature, is used for our solder wire. (more details in our whitepaper)
The lead-free alloy complies with ISO 9453:2006, RoHS and spares the soldering tips. An additional notice on the label reminds the user of ensuring sufficient ventilation when soldering. (Our flyers contains more details about the product.)
On the Maker Faire in Berlin October 2015, we finally presented the joint product HS10 FAIR to the Maker public. It was eventually used in our workshops on soldering featuring the fair computer mouse from Nager IT.