Apple products contained nearly 20% recycled materials in 2021, the highest percentage the company has achieved so far. Apple today shared new details about its recycling programs, as well as new features it is offering customers ahead of Earth Day on April 22.
In a first for an Apple device, recycled gold was used in the plating of the main logic board of the iPhone 13 and iPhone13 Pro, as well as the thread of the front camera and rear cameras of the device. This “milestone”, says Apple, is the result of the company’s “pioneering”[ing] Industry-leading levels of traceability to build an exclusively recycled content gold supply chain.
This builds on the company’s previous efforts to recover gold from its own scrapped products. When Apple’s recycling robots dismantle a ton of iPhone components, the company says, they can salvage enough used gold and copper to avoid mining 2,000 tons of rock. There can be up to 80 times more gold in a ton of cell phones than in a ton of hardware of a gold mine.
Apple today also introduced a new recycling machine called Taz. Taz uses “grinder-like technology to separate the magnets from the audio modules and recover more rare-earth elements,” Apple said in its announcement today. And after a makeover, Daisy, a recycling robot introduced by Apple in 2018, can now disassemble 23 iPhone models, the company announced today. With their help, Apple says it was able to double its use of recycled tungsten, rare earth minerals and cobalt in fiscal year 2021.
Apple hasn’t been able to make as much progress on plans to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, according to its recently released Environmental Progress Report. The company made a 2020 pledge to reduce global warming emissions 75% during this decade. But in 2021, his raw emissions increased slightly.
The company has attempted to reverse this increase in pollution through projects to offset or remove CO2 from the atmosphere, keeping its report stable emissions last year at 22.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent. Most of the company’s climate pollution comes from supply chains for securing materials and manufacturing its products. Apple therefore pushed hundreds of its suppliers to manufacture its products using clean energy.
To learn more about Daisy and Apple’s environmental initiatives, consumers can check out “an immersive new augmented reality experience” on Snapchat on Earth Day. And from now until April 22, Apple is announcing that it will donate one dollar to the environmental nonprofit World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with every purchase through Apple Pay at apple.com , in the Apple Store app or in an Apple Store. It should be kept in mind, however, that a 2019 News the investigation revealed that the WWF had funded park rangers accused of human rights abuses. Last year, the WWF expressed “deep and unqualified sadness” for the abuse after a substantiated 160-page review. by Buzzfeed reports.