New Delhi: Highlighting the increased use of recycled materials across its product line, Apple on Tuesday announced that almost 20 per cent of all materials used in its products last year was recycled, which is the highest-ever use of recycled content. Apple has released its 2022 Environmental Progress Report ahead of Earth Day which falls on April 22 and has detailed its recycling innovation efforts and clean energy in the report.
The iPhone maker also introduced certified recycled gold in 2021 in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models and the tech giant more than doubled the use of recycled tungsten, rare earth elements and cobalt in its devices. Moreover, 59 per cent of aluminum Apple shipped in its products came from recycled sources, and many products featured 100 per cent recycled aluminum in the enclosure.
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“As people around the world join in celebrating Earth Day, we are making real progress in our work to address the climate crisis and to one day make our products without taking anything from the earth,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said in a statement.
“Our rapid pace of innovation is already helping our teams use today’s products to build tomorrow’s, and as our global supply chain transitions to clean power, we are charting a path for other companies to follow.”
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In line with its goal to eliminate plastics from its packaging by 2025, plastics accounted for 4 per cent of packaging in its products 2021 and since 2015, the company has reduced plastic in its packaging by 75 per cent. The new iPhone, iPad, AirPods and Mac models featured100 per cent recycled tin in the solder of their main logic boards.
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The certified recycled gold was for the first time ever, used in the plating of the main logic board and wire in the front camera and the rear cameras of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models. Thirteen per cent certified recycled cobalt was used in iPhone batteries that can be disassembled by Apple’s recycling robot named Daisy and returned to market.