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Apple sets a new environmental goal: No more mining

22 April 2017

A tweet on Wednesday by Australia-based tech leaker Sonny Dickson showed a schematic image of a rear phone case with an Apple logo above an opening that many believe is for a fingerprint sensor.

Apple has set itself a goal of manufacturing products that contain only recycled materials as it tries to "reduce the need to mine materials from the earth".

"Seven major suppliers have now pledged to power their Apple production entirely with renewable energy by the end of next year", the company said.

Apple said it's looking for ways to recycle material, including aluminum, copper, cobalt and tin. The company said seven major suppliers have vowed to power their production of Apple products exclusively on renewable energy by the end of next year.

"It sounds insane, but we're working on it".

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That may be true, but if Apple is truly dedicated to environmental responsibility (and, year-by-year, I've seen growing evidence that it is), then it must find some way to make repairs and recycling of its products accessible to every customer.

Apple does appear to be ramping up efforts to move away from these minerals.

Apple has released a new environmental progress report that touts its green progress on multiple fronts, including one of Silicon Valley's future landmarks, the company's spaceship-shaped headquarters, officially known as Apple Park.

Liam, Apple's iPhone-disassembling robot, will play a big part in recycling and reusing Apple's own components to produce new devices.

Whatever design Apple settles on this year, iPhone fans might have to wait a bit longer than usual to get their hands on the new models: a combination of design and supply challenges now indicates the company might delay its usual September release until later in the fall.

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The company has also taken an array of visible steps toward corporate responsibility, from cutting the power demand of its products, to eradicating risky materials from its products, to attempting to address the problem of conflict minerals.

In 2016, 96 percent of the electricity used in Apple's global facilities came from renewable energy, reducing the company's carbon emissions by over half a million metric tonnes.

Perhaps competitors will wake up.

You can read Apple's Environmental Report here.

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Apple sets a new environmental goal: No more mining