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April 21, 2017

Apple Hoping to Make Future Gadgets Out of Recycled Materials

Apple image — The Apple Store, Santa Monica, Calif.

Apple wants to take going green to a whole new level.

The Cupertino iPhone maker, in its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, announced its plan to make its products solely out of renewable resources or recycled material in the, hopefully, near future. This, the report says, would reduce the need to mine materials from the earth.

“That means continuing to invest in ways to recover materials from our products—like Liam, our line of disassembly robots—and encouraging our customers to return products through Apple Renew, our recycling program,” the report reads.

“And we’re launching projects and experiments that help us learn how to close loops. For example, we’ve melted down iPhone 6 aluminum enclosures recovered from Liam to make Mac mini computers for use in our factories, and we’re transitioning to 100 percent recycled tin solder on the main logic board of iPhone 6s. We’re also continuing our quest to make our products and processes even safer by pioneering ways to reduce and remove toxins.”

Apple, which is known as one of the most environmentally-conscious tech companies — 96 percent of its facilities are run on renewable energy, for instance — outlined three additional priorities in its report:

• Reduce its impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency in our products and facilities.

• Conserve precious resources.

• Pioneer the use of safer materials in both its products and processes.

To read the complete report, click here.