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Apple's iPhone 3G will be encased in environmentally-friendly packaging according to a Dutch blog and translated by The Register.

The report suggests that Apple has contracted Dutch company PaperFoam to create the insert which holds the iPhone. The insert would be 100% recyclable and made from natural resources, either potato starch or Tapioca starch.

The company has been previously contracted by Apple to make foam inserts for the 5G iPod and second generation Nano.


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Image Courtesy PaperFoam.com
Apple has stepped up efforts to make its product packaging environmentally friendly over the years, primarily by reducing the packaging size as much as possible to reduce their footprint in landfills. More information regarding Apple's environmental policy is available on Apple's website.

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sebimeyer

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The smaller the packaging, the more of their Widgets can fit on a shipping container and the more they can fit onto shelves in their stores, or store storage rooms. This translates into both cheaper transport, as well as saved fuels.

It's a win/win for Apple.
 

JD92

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Apr 14, 2005
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Good stuff!

Now get rid of all the nasty chemicals inside the iPhone and I'll be happy :cool:
 

Rojo

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Sep 26, 2006
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They said fully recyclable, not 100% biodegradable! :)

Oooohhhh.... biodegradable would be cool!

Or better yet...EDIBLE packaging! Once you open it, you can eat it! Waste is then dealt with in an all new way... :D
 

Decrepit

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Sep 6, 2007
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How stupid.

Apple packaging never makes it to a landfill, as evidenced by all the picture threads of the box collections that some people have.

And yes, I'm one of them. :p

iPhone
Mini G4
iPod Shuffle
.Mac
iWork 08
OS X Leopard
Airport Extreme
Wireless Keyboard

Hey Steve, release a new Mini so I can add a box to the shelf!
 

Tom B.

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The company has been previously contracted by Apple to make foam inserts for the 5G iPod and second generation nano.

The second generation nano had a plastic box with no foam inserts. I think you mean the first generation nano, as shown in the pictures on their website.
 

Full of Win

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Nov 22, 2007
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So let me get this right... Mr. Jobs claimed that the new iMac's went to Aluminum, because its more eco-friendly (e.g recycling). However, with the new iPhone, they went away from Aluminum, a material by Apple own admission is easier to recycle, to a less friendly plastic material. So, yes they very well might have a better packaging scheme, but they have a less environmentally conscious design as well.
 

Chupa Chupa

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So let me get this right... Mr. Jobs claimed that the new iMac's went to Aluminum, because its more eco-friendly (e.g recycling). However, with the new iPhone, they went away from Aluminum, a material by Apple own admission is easier to recycle, to a less friendly plastic material. So, yes they very well might have a better packaging scheme, but they have a less environmentally conscious design as well.

Well there is a difference. The aluminum back on the 3G iPhone was scrapped because aluminum weakens the cell signal and especially causes interference with the 3G antenna. It's not unlike the poor Wi-Fi reception of the original TiBooks. The metal case killed the Wi-Fi signal. So while Apple is trying to be enviro-conscious they aren't going to do so at the expense of their own business when there is an acceptable alternative (plastic).
 

ben5959

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whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

cares!
 

joeconvert

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whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

cares!

We all should. And we should insist this from all companies. Granted Apple's green track record is pretty spotty, but at least they are making some changes.
 

dizastor

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mmmm

Potato and Tapioca starch???

I might have to buy an iPhone 3G just to taste this delicious packaging!!

**drool**
 

wako

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i for one do not care about eco-friendly crap...

in my chemistry lab, i poor down heavy metals in the drain because i dont give a crap

and all you tree huggers can hate me for it
 

york2600

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i for one do not care about eco-friendly crap...

in my chemistry lab, i poor down heavy metals in the drain because i dont give a crap

and all you tree huggers can hate me for it


A) Your an idiot

B) Pouring them down the drain is what they want you to do. It gets treated that way. We got that lesson the first day at Hippy Univeristy in Chem. The waste treatment plant specifically asked for it that way.
 

SamWhittaker

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Jun 29, 2008
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It's nice to see Apple going along with the times, being Green is nice for their PR.

I can see them competing to get up Greenpeace's Green Tech. Companies :D
 

kockgunner

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Sep 24, 2007
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A) Your an idiot

B) Pouring them down the drain is what they want you to do. It gets treated that way. We got that lesson the first day at Hippy Univeristy in Chem. The waste treatment plant specifically asked for it that way.

you're a crappy chemist. you don't follow protocols. something will blow up in your face one day.
 

Niiro13

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Nice to know it's eco-friendly.

Unfortunately, I keep all the boxes of everything I buy (especially Apple...simple design, but it's like art). :)
 

airlights

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Jun 18, 2008
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That's pretty neat actually... but I never throw out my Apple packaging. I am sure I still have my 6GB Green iPod mini box somewhere around my house. Heh.
 

mixel

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You're. :rolleyes:

Thanks for doing your part to raise fuel prices and drive another 30,000,000 people into poverty with increased food prices, Apple! Let's just keep using food to do oil's job.

I hope you're joking.. Haha increased food prices. Mmm potato and Tapioca starch..

:rolleyes: "Oil's Job" is an incredibly recent thing and we need to cut down on it as much as possible. However much there is left is irrelevent, if we're exhausting it on totally pointless crap that's totally irresponsible and wrong. We might well need it for something important later.. Our dependance on oil has to be decreased in any way possible.

Potatoes and Tapioca are easily renewable at least. Also give farmers more to work with.
 
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