April 19, 2022
Apple expands the use of recycled materials in all its products
The company is also advancing new stripping technology as part of a closed-loop goal.
Apple today released new details about the increased use of recycled content in all of its products. For the first time, the company introduced certified recycled gold and more than doubled its use of recycled tungsten, rare earth elements and cobalt. Nearly 20 percent of all material used in Apple products in 2021 was recycled, the highest use of recycled content.
Apple released new details about this progress, its recycling and clean energy innovation efforts in its 2022 Environmental Progress Report.
The company also shared new ways customers can celebrate Earth Day, including supporting the World Wildlife Fund through the use of Apple Pay. With educational resources, curated content, and engaging activities across all platforms, Apple customers can take advantage of the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature from anywhere, learn about key issues like climate change, and support causes and communities working to protect the planet.
“As people around the world come together to celebrate Earth Day, we are making real progress in our work to address the climate crisis and one day make our products without taking anything from the land,” said Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment at Apple. Policies and Social Initiatives. “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 energy, we’re charting a path for other companies to follow. ”.
More recycled and responsibly sourced materials in all Apple products
Apple has pioneered innovations in recycling and material sourcing to drive change across the industry. To help its recycling partners build on this momentum around the world, Apple today announced its latest recycling innovation, Taz, a machine that uses an innovative approach to improve material recovery from traditional electronics recycling.
In 2021, 59 percent of all aluminum Apple shipped in its products came from recycled sources, with many products featuring 100 percent recycled aluminum in the casing. Apple has also made significant progress toward the company’s goal of eliminating plastics from its packaging by 2025, with plastics accounting for just 4 percent of packaging by 2021. Since 2015, Apple has reduced plastic in its packaging by 75 percent.
Additionally, Apple products in 2021 included:
- 45 percent certified recycled rare earth elementsa significant increase since Apple introduced recycled rare earth elements in its devices.
- 30 percent certified recycled tinwith all new iPhone, iPad, AirPods and Mac devices using 100% recycled tin solder on their main logic boards.
- 13 percent certified recycled cobaltused in iPhone batteries that can be disassembled by Apple’s Daisy recycling robot and returned to the market.
- Certified Recycled Goldappeared, for the first time in any Apple product, on the main logic board skin and cable for the front and rear cameras of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. To achieve this milestone, Apple pioneered levels of industry-leading traceability systems to build a gold supply chain with exclusively recycled content.
Recovering more materials for use in future products helps reduce mining. With just one metric ton of iPhone components disassembled by Apple’s recycling robots, recyclers can recover the amount of gold and copper that companies would normally extract from 2,000 metric tons of mined rock. Apple is also committed to extending the life of its products through renewal. In 2021, Apple shipped 12.2 million devices and accessories to new owners for reuse, extending their lifespan and reducing the need for future mining. Ultimately, Apple aims to use only renewable or recyclable materials in its products, a goal announced in 2017 that has charted the company’s path in material design and sourcing.
Taz, a machine that uses new shredder-like technology to separate magnets from audio modules and recover more rare-earth elements, is the latest in a series of recycling breakthroughs spearheaded by Apple. The company has also further expanded the capabilities of its patented iPhone disassembly robot, Daisy, to disassemble 23 iPhone models, and has offered to license those patents to other companies and researchers for free. An additional robot, Dave, disassembles tapptic motors and helps recover valuable rare-earth magnets, tungsten, and steel.
Environmental Progress Report 2022
In addition to charting progress in recycling innovation and materials stewardship, Apple’s recently released 2022 Environmental Progress Report highlights the company’s important work to become carbon neutral throughout its global supply chain and life cycle. of each product, as well as progress in reducing waste and promoting the safer use of materials in its products.
In a year when many other companies saw big increases in their footprints and company revenue grew 33 percent, Apple’s net emissions were flat. Apple has been carbon neutral for its global operations since 2020 and has relied on 100 percent renewable energy to power its offices, stores and data centers since 2018.
Apple recently announced that its suppliers more than doubled their use of clean energy over the past year, with more than 10 gigawatts operating out of nearly 16 gigawatts in total commitments in the coming years. Starting this month, 213 of the company’s major manufacturing partners have committed to powering all of Apple’s production with renewable electricity in 25 countries. In 2021, these renewable projects avoided 13.9 million metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking 3 million cars off the road for one year.
To learn more about Apple’s commitment to protecting the planet for future generations, explore the 2022 Environmental Progress Report.
Explore, learn and take action for Earth Day
In celebration of Earth Day 2022, Apple is sharing new ways for customers around the world to explore the beauty of the natural world, learn about the pressing issues facing communities around the world due to climate change, and take action to protect the planet.
To explore: Ahead of Earth Day, Apple Maps makes it easier than ever to find beautiful green spaces, family fun in nature, city walks, and trails with 25 new guides from Lonely Planet, AllTrails, and The Nature Conservancy across the US. USA and Canada.
In celebration of Earth Day, Apple Fitness+ subscribers can enjoy nature-inspired yoga, meditation, cycling, rowing, and treadmill workouts, as well as a new episode of Time to Run that takes listeners through the beautiful sights and sounds of Yosemite National Park with an uplifting pop and rock playlist; and training that inspires you to enjoy the outdoors, no matter where you run. A new episode of Time to Walk is also available this week with world-renowned scientist and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall, who shares why she is willing to overcome her fears for the sake of her work and what that she has observed about interconnection. of all living beings. And after completing any workout of 30 minutes or more on April 22, all Apple Watch users can win a limited edition prize.
Learn: On April 22, Earth Day, Apple customers can learn about the exciting environmental innovations behind iPhone 13, including the recycling robot Daisy, with a new immersive augmented reality experience on Snapchat. And Apple Stores around the world invite customers to learn more about the company’s environmental commitments with special window decals.
In honor of Earth Day, Apple News, Apple Books, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app will feature curated global content collections that offer insightful opportunities to experience the natural world, learn about the climate crisis and the science behind it. and meet communities fighting for solutions. Highlights include a book collection curated by visual artist and children’s author Oliver Jeffers, and an eye-opening film collection about humanity’s interdependent relationship with nature, curated by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.
To take action: The App Store provides a one-stop destination for users to discover apps that will help them positively impact their communities and the planet, including being able to track carbon footprints or connect with grassroots environmental organizations with apps like Earth Hero and Milkywire.
Customers can also help protect the planet by using Apple Pay. From now through April 22, Apple will donate $1 to the World Wildlife Fund for every purchase made with Apple Pay on apple.com, in the Apple Store app, or at an Apple Store.one
For more information on Apple’s environmental efforts, visit apple.com/environment.
- Donations are limited to a maximum of $1 million; Eligible countries and regions include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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