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Apple is using recycled materials more often in all of its products.

Apple is making progress towards eliminating plastic from packaging.

Apple’s objective of using entirely recycled and renewable materials in its products has come a long way. By 2025, all printed circuit boards with an Apple design will feature tin solder and 100% recycled gold plating, and all batteries with an Apple design will use 100% recycled cobalt.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In its products, Apple uses recycled and biodegradable materials.
  • By 2025, all batteries created by Apple will be built entirely from recycled cobalt.
  • Apple is getting closer to removing all plastic from packaging by the year 2025.

Apple has announced a major acceleration of its efforts to expand the use of recycled materials across its products, including a new target to use 100% recycled cobalt in all Apple-designed batteries by 2025. In addition, all magnets in Apple devices will use entirely recycled rare earth elements, and all Apple-designed printed circuit boards will use 100% recycled tin soldering and 100% recycled gold plating by 2025.

By 2030, the firm wants to achieve carbon neutrality for every product by using exclusively recycled and renewable resources to create all of its goods.

Expanding Use of Recycled Metals

Apple has significantly increased its use of key recycled metals in the last year, sourcing over two-thirds of all aluminium, nearly three-quarters of all rare earths, and more than 95% of all tungsten in its products from 100% recycled material.

Certified Recycled Cobalt and Rare Earth Elements

Apple has already expanded the use of 100% certified recycled cobalt over the past three years and plans to include it in all Apple-designed batteries by 2025. In 2022, a quarter of all cobalt found in Apple products came from recycled material, up from 13% the previous year.

The company’s use of 100% certified recycled rare earth elements has greatly expanded in the last year as well, going from 45% in 2021 to 73% in 2022. Magnets are the largest use of rare earths in Apple products, and the new 2025 target means nearly all rare earths in Apple products will soon be 100% recycled.

Recycling Gold and Tin Soldering

By 2025, Apple-designed printed circuit boards will use 100% certified recycled tin solder and 100% certified recycled gold plating as part of an expedited timeframe. Recycled gold has been used by Apple in the plating of the main logic board for the iPhone 13 and in a variety of other parts and products, such as the wire for all of the iPhone 14’s cameras and the printed circuit boards for the iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and HomePod. The business is also trying to get the electronics sector to use recycled gold more frequently for standard components.

Eliminating Plastics from Packaging

The statement claims that Apple is also committed to getting rid of plastics from its packaging and has created fiber substitutes for things like screen films, wrapping, and foam padding. Apple is developing new materials to replace labels, lamination, and other minor uses in order to address the remaining 4% of plastic in its package footprint.

In order to integrate digital printing straight onto the boxes of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, the business created a special printer, doing away with the majority of labels. Additionally, the polypropylene plastic lamination used on boxes and packing components has been replaced by a new overprint varnish found in the packaging of the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and Apple Watch Series 8 models. Over 1,100 tons of plastic and over 2,400 tons of carbon were saved because to the invention.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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