Apple has set a new record once again. According to the latest data, about 20% of Apple products in 2021 will be produced and marketed from recycled materials. These figures have increased by about 50% compared to the same period last year, and thus the American technology giant has once again set a new record in this field.
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On the occasion of World Earth Day on April 22 (May 2), Apple has published its 2022 environmental progress report in which it It was pointed out that the company is eager to show its concern for this category and the clean earth before Earth Day arrives. The interesting thing that happened for the first time is that Apple engineers used the recovered gold in plating the main board of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, as well as the front and rear camera wires of this smartphone.
The American tech giant sees this as a turning point in the company's production of recycled materials. It should be noted that Apple obtained this recovered gold from the discarded products of its company and used it in the manufacture of the iPhone 13 series. In addition, the reuse of cobalt, rare earth elements and tungsten has more than doubled in the past year.
Used in it is recovered and prepared for reuse. By doing so, Apple no longer needs to extract 2,000 metric tons of rock. It should be noted that a ton of smartphone components may contain more than 80 times a ton of gold minerals.
Apple also unveiled its new recycling machine called the Taz. This recycling machine uses shredding technology to remove iron from sound modules and recover rare earth elements. The American tech giant can use this recycling machine to recycle 23 iPhone models. The company believes that with the help of this recycling machine, it has been able to increase the use of recycled tungsten, rare earth minerals and cobalt by about 50% by 2021.
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According to data published in the 2022 Environmental Development Report, Apple, despite its efforts, has not been able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the production of its products. In this regard, it should be noted that the company in 2020 in the report on environmental progress provided details of its plan to release 75% of products by 2030 without the use of carbon. But in 2021, the company's greenhouse gas emissions increased relatively.
The issue indicated that it intends to stop using plastic materials in the packaging of its products. In this regard, the Cupertinos used only 4% of plastic to package their new products in 2021, and the new iPhones are the first Apple smartphones that will be available to users without plastic packaging. Apple believes that by 2025 it will eliminate the use of plastic in the packaging of its products completely.
The company is said to have a ten-year plan to take a series of creative measures in the field of environment. Apple, for example, plans to set up accelerators that focus on minority jobs and hopes to do well in supply chains and communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental risks.