Apple has increased the use of recycled content in its products. The company used almost 20 percent recycled content in its products in 2021, which is its highest use of recycled content ever. Apple has released new details on this process, its recycling innovation efforts and clean energy, and some new feature offerings for consumers ahead of Earth Day on April 22.
For the first time, Apple introduced certified recycled gold. The company has also shared its Environmental Progress Report 2022 and showed that they used more than twice recycled tungsten, rare earth elements and cobalt. The company also revealed new ways to celebrate Earth Day, including supporting the World Wildlife Fund by using Apple Pay. With educational resources, curated content, and engaging activities across platforms, Apple customers can take the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature from anywhere, learn about important issues like climate change, and support causes and communities committed to protecting it of the planet.
Additionally, in 2021, 59 percent of all aluminum Apple supplied in its products came from recycled sources. Apple has also made significant strides toward the company’s goal of eliminating plastic from its packaging by 2025, with plastic making up just 4 percent of packaging in 2021. Apple has reduced plastic in its packaging by 75 percent since 2015.
Apple added 45 percent certified recycled rare earth elements, 30 percent recycled tin, 13 percent certified recycled cobalt, and certified recycled gold in fiscal 2021.
Apple also introduced a new “Taz” recycling machine that “uses shredder-like technology to separate magnets from audio modules and recover more rare earth elements,” the company said in its announcement, in which it also mentioned Daisy, a recycling robot that Launched in 2018, it can now disassemble 23 iPhone models for the recycling process.
According to the report, the company also sought to offset the increase in pollution with projects to remove CO2 from the atmosphere in 2021.