Apple Vows to 'Pioneer' Closed-Loop Mining Supply Chain

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The report outlines Apple's goal for a "closed-loop supply chain" that would both eliminate the need to mine for new raw materials as well as getting rid of waste by recycling devices instead of having them end up in landfills.

Apple is trying to put a full-stop on mining of the materials it uses in its high-end devices.

The company's research concluded that recycled aluminum should come from Apple products rather than recycling facilities because of the high-grade quality required. The reason Apple is stretching the major shift is the electronics manufacturing companies affect on our planet. It is different in way as it is a first where Apple announced a goal before figuring out how to go about it. Jackson told Vice, "So we're a little nervous, but we also think it's really important, because as a sector we believe it's where technology should be going". Since Tim Cook took over as Apple's CEO in 2011, he has been expanding Apple's voice on issues like labor rights, equal pay and the environment. Currently, 100 percent of the electricity Apple uses to power their data centers and 96 percent of the electricity used by the facilities of Apple worldwide comes from renewable energy sources like hydro, solar and wind.

As a result, Apple has been using recycled tin for its iPhone 6s. Apple's two operational Liam lines can disassemble up to 2.4 million phones per year.

The Apple Park is on track to be the largest LEED Platinum–certified building in North America
The Apple Park is on track to be the largest LEED Platinum–certified building in North America

Each video also closes with the green leaf-laden Apple logo the company brings out for Earth Day each year. Many Apple fans are anticipating some bold updates, especially since the last few iPhones have arrived with mostly smaller, incremental design changes.

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. Indeed, the company itself has been relatively open about the challenge saying it wants to "one day" achieve the goal, but isn't sure how it will do so.

The move shows Apple's increasing tendency toward being a tech company focused on the greater good.

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