So we invented Liam, a line of robots that can quickly disassemble i Phone 6, sorting its high-quality components and reducing the need to mine more resources from the earth.
In our data centers, we’ve implemented submetering to pinpoint areas of use, detect leakage, and develop better ways to prevent waste.
We’re also challenging ourselves to one day end our reliance on mining altogether.
To start, we’re encouraging more customers to recycle their old devices through Apple Renew.
For example, we took the aluminum enclosures Liam recovered from i Phone 6, melted them down, and reused the material to create Mac mini computers that we use in our i Phone final assembly facilities. So we evaluated 44 elements to identify key risk factors from a global perspective, from environmental risks to human rights violations, to better understand where we can focus on closing the loop. We’re now using 100 percent recycled tin for the solder in the main logic board of i Phone 6s, and we send i Phone 6 main logic boards recovered by Liam to a recycler who can reclaim the tin in addition to the copper and precious metals The earth’s most precious resources, like water and paper, are renewable if they’re managed responsibly. We’re measuring our water footprint and finding ways to reduce or reuse water wherever possible.
We’re also using paper and plastic more efficiently in our packaging, and tackling our zero-waste-to-landfill goals at our campuses and retail stores.