As Apple stated in their 2017 Environment Responsibility Report, they now aim to use 100% recyclable materials for future manufacturing of their devices. Apple’s move to turn into recyclable materials was then said to decrease the company’s mining and usage of earth materials.
According to Tech News Inc. Apple had already sufficient supply of recycled tin and aluminum. The company’s researchers also stated that they will use the previous aluminum from iPhones that aren’t used anymore. Apple also revealed that 96% of their global facilities’ electricity comes from renewable sources.
Aside from that, Apple was also seen to step up their environmental ambition. The Cupertino-based company had already created their series of robots named Liam which is capable of ripping 2.4 million phones in a year. Liam was also revealed to be able to detect which are the reusable parts as well. The company also asked customers whether they would give their used iDevices for the company to recycle.
More so, Apple’s Liam robot was mentioned to have succeeded in using aluminum from a previous iPhone 6 model. The result was said that the company was able to create Mini Mac computers from it. As of now, the company thinks of whether they could create something new from the recycled materials.
Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives then said that Apple’s goal needs total cooperation from teams, suppliers and e-recyclers. She then added that they did something rare which is announcing their goal before figuring out a way to do it per Greenbiz.
Greenpeace senior IT analyst Gary Cook then praised Apple’s commitment in turning to recycled materials. He then added that Samsung, Huawei and Microsoft should reach for the same goal. Cook concluded that Apple’s slow transition in using renewable resources puts them far ahead other sectors and that every company should aim for products that would last a lifetime as well.
After Apple’s environmental move, news follow that Samsung aims to put their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 into good use as well. The South Korean based company was reported to reuse or recycle some of the defected parts of the recalled $4 million worth of Samsung Galaxy Note 7.