Gallery Commown 1
Gallery Commown 1
December 2020
By Commown
Headquarters 67000 Strasbourg, France

Commown - Providing ethical, ecological electronic devices through a 'Hardware as a Service' model

The electronics industry generates a huge amount of negative externalities, from the mines to the products' end-of-life. Many studies showed that most of these impacts occur during the product birth and death. Thus the first priority is to reduce the number of electronic devices made and sold. However, this is not viable for companies that rely solely on the sale of these devices. There is therefore a need for another business model: Hardware as as Service (HaaS). Commown is a French Société Coopérative d’Intérêt Collectif (SCIC) that supports fair and sustainable electronics by providing HaaS services with devices designed to be repaired and to last longer. The service includes providing smartphones, computers, headphones and managing repairs beyond the manufacturer warranty, with a monthly subscription. Commown uses easy-to-repair devices and offers customer support to fix devices when issues occur. In doing so, this service extends product lifetime, reduces material waste, and offers a cost-effective option for smartphones and other electronics.

Key features

  • The devices offered and maintained by Commown lasts twice as long than the market average
  • Reduces CO2 emissions from production of new devices by 50% by doubling product lifespan
  • The flagship smartphone provided by Commown includes 45% recycled plastic


  • Cost of all breakages and repairs are covered in subscription fees
  • Commown offers a 40% price reduction for the smartphone contract after 2 years if the customer keeps the device

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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Belgium, France,

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

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