Apple Pledges To Stop Mining And Use Only Recycled Materials

Posted: Apr 20 2017, 5:50am CDT | by , in News | Apple

 
Apple Pledges to Stop Mining and Use Only Recycled Materials

Apple has no idea how to keep this promise right now

Apple has made an interesting pledge that promises to end any need for the tech giant to mine metals from the Earth to build products like the iPhone and iPad. Apple says that one day it will make products only from renewable resources or recycled materials. These promises came in the annual Apple Environmental Responsibility Report.

"Traditional supply chains are linear. Materials are mined, manufactured as products, and often end up in landfills after use. Then the process starts over and more materials are extracted from the earth for new products. We believe our goal should be a closed-loop supply chain, where products are built using only renewable resources or recycled material," Apple wrote in the report.

"We're also challenging ourselves to one day end our reliance on mining altogether."

The catch to these promises right now is that Apple doesn't have a plan for achieving these goals just yet. "We're actually doing something we rarely do, which is announce a goal before we've completely figured out how to do it," Lisa Jackson said.

Apple is using some recycled materials in construction already. One example is melting down the aluminum enclosures on the iPhone 6 to make Mac mini computers. The company is also moving to 100% recycled tin solder on logic boards of iPhone 6 smartphones.

CNBC reports that Apple is also using different ways to produce aluminum meaning that the iPhone 7 enclosure uses 27% less aluminum than the iPhone 6. That production method also emitted 60% less greenhouse gas. Apple is also leaning on its production partners to be more green with seven major partners pledging to power Apple production entirely with renewable energy by the end of 2018.

The report also noted that Apple is continuing on its goal of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable power online by 2020 helping to reduce manufacturing footprints for the company.

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