Apple Leading the Charge in Self Sustainability
RingPlus News Service Los Angeles April 21st, 2017: While some businesses are adding to green-house emissions, and certain industries are eating up natural resources at an incredible rate strictly for profit, Apple is accelerating its programs to decrease its environmental impact and step up their renewable resource practices. This effort is to take Apples products closer to a “closed-loop supply chain, where products are built using only renewable resources or recycled materials” a report from Apple states.
Apple has already taken steps to reduce their use of resources. The company currently melts down the aluminum on the iPhone 6 to produce their Mac Mini computers, and altered the iPhone 7s chemical formula to reduce the number of nonrecyclable components by 27%. They have also moved to 100% recycled solder for all their components. This coupled with the statement from Apple saying that they are “protecting enough sustainably managed forests in the U.S. and China to cover all of the packaging it uses in its products” show that they want to minimize the environmental footprint that the mass production of their products could possibly have. This is not only happening in practice, but it’s an idea that Apple is fully committed to as 7 of its suppliers will to switch to renewable energy by the end of the year.
Another company that has taken similar steps is Sprint, with their 10-yea pledge. This pledge includes things such as reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%, reducing the use of paper by 40%, and securing 10% of their energy from renewable sources all by the end of 2017. With a company that has operations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and 3 other U.S. territories, and employing over 30,000 people the environmental impact could be enormous, but in a world where resources are not unlimited, it’s great to see companies both aware and enthusiastic about minimizing their environmental footprint.