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Apple takes serious steps in recycled materials use

Close to 20% of all material used in Apple products in 2021 was recycled, the company claims, saying it is its highest-ever use of recycled content.

For the first time, certified recycled gold was used in the plating of the main logic board and wire in the cameras of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, reports

‘As people around the world join in celebrating Earth Day (22 April), we are making real progress in our work to address the climate crisis and to one day make our products without taking anything from the earth,’ says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives.

In 2021, 59% of all the aluminium in Apple products came from recycled sources, with many products featuring 100% recycled aluminium in the enclosure. Since 2015, the company says it has reduced plastic in its packaging by 75%.

Apple products in 2021 included 45% certified recycled rare earth elements, a significant increase since the company introduced such elements in its devices. The products had 30% certified recycled tin.

Apple also focuses on refurbishment and last year it reused 12 million devices and accessories.

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