Apple wants the world to stop mining, but doesn’t know how to do that yet
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Nevermind the flurry of leaks about their products and devices, Apple is usually tight-lipped about its goals before it turns them to plausible, tangible realities. However, in its " 2017 Environment Responsibility Report ", Apple has committed to stop mining minerals and make devices completely from recycled materials like copper, tungsten, tin and aluminum. The only glitch is- Apple doesn't really know how it's going to do that.

Apple's Vice-President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives told Vice News that currently, only a small amount of the materials that goes into making an iPhone comes from recycled minemals. This is despite the fact that around 16 per cent of the global e-waste was recycled in 2014, according to the United Nations .

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Nevermind the flurry of leaks about their products and devices, Apple is usually tight-lipped about its goals before it turns them to plausible, tangible realities. However, in its “2017 Environment Responsibility Report”, Apple has committed to stop mining minerals and make devices completely from recycled materials like copper, tungsten, tin and aluminum. The only glitch is- Apple doesn’t really know how it’s going to do that.

Apple eventually wants to combine materials used in old Apple products returned by customers and high quality recycled metals obtained from suppliers to make products. The Cupertino giant also wants the rest of the tech industry to take precedent and move towards using recycled materials and " stop mining the earth altogether".

Apple's push for such achievements is notable as the mining that the company relies on is infamous for using child labour and causing tremendous hard to the environment through discharges into waterbodies, etc. A BBC report last year claimed Apple, Sony and other companies used materials mined by children.

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Nevermind the flurry of leaks about their products and devices, Apple is usually tight-lipped about its goals before it turns them to plausible, tangible realities. However, in its “2017 Environment Responsibility Report”, Apple has committed to stop mining minerals and make devices completely from recycled materials like copper, tungsten, tin and aluminum. The only glitch is- Apple doesn’t really know how it’s going to do that.

The reason for Apple to go out of character and disclose this goal early, before execution, is it hopes the move will encourage suppliers to innovate and let them know that Apple wants to create a market for recycled materials.

In addition to this, the 2017 report also claimed that Apple's facilities now run on 96 per cent renewable energy. It is up from 93 per cent last year. Apple Stores, its data centers, the new Apple campus and corporate offices run mostly on renewable energy.

Apple aims for more control, less cost as it accelerates in chip design

Nevermind the flurry of leaks about their products and devices, Apple is usually tight-lipped about its goals before it turns them to plausible, tangible realities. However, in its “2017 Environment Responsibility Report”, Apple has committed to stop mining minerals and make devices completely from recycled materials like copper, tungsten, tin and aluminum. The only glitch is- Apple doesn’t really know how it’s going to do that.

Apple's Environment Chief Visits 'Solar Mamas' In Rajasthan

Nevermind the flurry of leaks about their products and devices, Apple is usually tight-lipped about its goals before it turns them to plausible, tangible realities. However, in its “2017 Environment Responsibility Report”, Apple has committed to stop mining minerals and make devices completely from recycled materials like copper, tungsten, tin and aluminum. The only glitch is- Apple doesn’t really know how it’s going to do that.