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

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Ramiro Mantilla | 22 Abril, 2017, 10:01

Apple has released a new environmental progress report that touts its green progress on multiple fronts, including one of Silicon Valley's future landmarks, the company's spaceship-shaped headquarters, officially known as Apple Park.

The company also said it is "moving toward a closed-loop supply chain", saying that one day it hopes to build products using only recycled materials.

It went on to say: "We're also challenging ourselves to one day end our reliance on mining altogether".

Now recycling old products is a great way to harvest materials, but some folks are claiming that the rules governing what Apple's recycling partners can and can't do with old machines could be far more environmentally friendly.

As of today only a small amount of parts inside the tech giant's products come from recycled materials.

Considering the expansive work Apple has done regarding recycling and sustainability efforts - especially in comparison to their technological company counterparts - you may be surprised to learn that the fruit nonetheless pulls many rare-earth metals and toxins from the ground to make a slew of products including iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and other Apple accessories.

Renewable energy is another top priority for Apple, who has increased its use of renewables in its manufacturing facilities, office and retail stores from 60 percent in 2012 to 96 percent in 2016.

Nevertheless, the firm is "using 100 per cent recycled tin in logic boards for the iPhone 6S", the website adds, as well as recycling "aluminium reclaimed from old iPhone 6 models to make Mac Minis for iPhone assembly lines". Reportedly, the paper that is being used in its packaging is 99% recycled.

However, the move does resonate with their 2016 release of recycling robot Liam, a new piece of technology created to disassemble iPhones more efficiently and effectively than previously possible.

In its latest Environmental Responsibility Report the iPhone-maker touted and sustainable products. According to a recent Greenpeace report, Apple is the only major smartphone company to extend its renewables commitment to 100 percent for its product supply chain.