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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Apple today announced a "major acceleration" of its work to expand the use of recycled materials in its devices.


By 2025, Apple now aims to ensure that:
  • All Apple-designed batteries will use 100 percent recycled cobalt.
  • Magnets used in Apple devices will be made with 100 percent recycled rare earth elements.
  • All Apple-designed printed circuit boards will use 100 percent recycled gold plating and 100 percent recycled tin soldering.

The accelerated time frame comes thanks to a large number of changes the company made in recent years. For example, Apple's use of recycled materials for printed circuit boards was spearheaded by an exclusively recycled supply chain for gold in the plating of the main logic board for iPhone 13. Since then, it has increased the use of circuitry made with recycled materials in the iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and HomePod. In 2022, a quarter of all cobalt found in Apple products came from recycled material, up from 13 percent in 2021, paving the way for the transition to 100 percent recycled cobalt by 2025.

In 2022, around 20 percent of all material shipped in Apple devices came from renewable or recycled sources. The company said that the change brings it closer to the aim of eventually making all products using only recycled and renewable materials and advances its goal to make every product carbon neutral by 2030.


Apple also flagged that its Material Recovery Lab in Austin, Texas have started using AR video projected directly onto work surfaces to show recycling partners how to disassemble devices. In addition, the company said that by 2025 it will completely eliminate plastics from its packaging. Following the adoption of fibre alternatives to screen films, wraps, and foam, 96 percent of Apple packaging is plastic-free. The company says it is now working to replace the labels, lamination, varnish, and other "small uses" that make up the remaining 4 percent.

Article Link: Apple Announces Plans to Accelerate Use of Recycled Materials in New Products

Justin Cymbal

macrumors 6502
Mar 25, 2008
Boston, Massachusetts
Very happy that Apple is doing this

I’m glad that Apple continues to innovate in regards to expanding these recycling efforts as well as improving upon efforts to mitigate climate change by reducing Apples’ suppliers’ carbon footprint to zero by 2030:



macrumors 6502a
Jan 12, 2023
Apple making moves for the environment... I like it! It's good to know that old devices can be made into new ones... it makes me feel more happy about recycling my old stuff and happy about buying a device that doesn't harm the planet much as it would years ago.


Oct 25, 2013
But will it lower the prices?
Ultimately it does because they are using smaller and smaller amounts of scarce resources and more and more of resources that would be viewed as waste otherwise. Is it cheaper to mine cobalt or use recycled? I have no clue. If it is cheaper to mine, eventually it seems the efficiency of recycling will catch up to make up the difference, especially if the worlds most profitable company puts resources into the effort.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 14, 2016
Anything to save money! These days, it's never about the environment but instead how can we save money and charge consumers more. Apples enviro unfriendly footprint is huge and just keeps getting bigger with every product and store. This all comes under a Marketing strategy.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 17, 2014
The Upside Down
Don't be fooled. It's a money saving move for Apple and no...they won't lower prices on products made from recycled material. Their savings go right to their profits.
Recycled products aren't necessarily cheaper just because they're being re-used. It's common for some recycled products to be more expensive due to the effort required to retrieve and process them so that they can be used again.


macrumors 6502
Sep 20, 2021
Apple should start reusing their old frame bodies for their iPhone's, they basically change the design every year so that most of the body is wasted when someone wants to recycle their old iPhone for a newer one.


macrumors 68020
Feb 23, 2010
Lagrange Point
Either that or the fact that Apple stopped importing gold, tungsten & tantalum from Russia.
Why not both? Decreasing environmental cost is a good thing. Not sending money to fund a war of aggression against a liberal democracy is a good thing.
But will it lower the prices?
That's probably the least important factor.
I'm not fooled. If using recycled parts is cheaper it's still recycling materials that would go into a dump. That's what I'm concerned about. Less about price.
The cost of recycled material is dependent on how much stuff is sent in for recycling. It's a question of supply and demand. That said, I am far more concerned about the carbon released in manufacturing than I am about overflowing landfills. Recycling requires far less energy than mining and refining.
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