You may think that you are aware of the many innovative products that came from Apple research, but did you know that Apple invented a line of disassembly robots (Liam)? While existing recycling techniques only recover a few kinds of materials and often diminish their quality, these robots can recover 1900 kg of aluminum, 1.3 kg Gold, 7 kg silver, 24 kg rare earth elements, 3.5 kg tungsten, 800 kg copper, 0.4 kg platinum group metals, 55 kg tin, 550 kg cobalt, and 2.5 kg tantalum from every 100,000 iPhone 6 devices that are turned in for recycling.
And, that is just one of the many ways Apple works to create a better environment and combat climate change. From helping suppliers save over 8 billion gallons of water, to planting more than 9,000 drought-resistant trees at the new campus, to responsible sourcing of papers and materials, to using energy-efficient, mercury-free LEDs and OLEDs, inventing replacements for toxic materials, to reducing the average energy consumed by Apple products by 70 percent, Apple is committed to making the planet we live on a better and healthier place.
This week Apple announced that its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy, including its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.
Is your group committed to leaving the world better than you found it?
Read Apple’s 2017 Progress Report, learn about how their suppliers are also committing to environmental changes that make the earth as better place, and see what the future holds.