About a year ago, Apple made an announcement that it wants a future where iPhones and MacBooks are created wholly of recycled materials. But, it is still an ambitious thought for the company. In this world of emerging technology, people are unaware of the fact that nearly 100 percent of e-waste is recyclable. But, Apple knew this. According to the company, it is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy worldwide. Apple debuted a new robot named Daisy ahead of Earth Day, which could apart iPhones to recover and reuse valuable materials in it. Apple’s new robot named ‘Daisy’ is built on its previous iteration, Liam, which was used by Apple to disassemble unneeded iPhones in an attempt to reuse or scrap the materials. Liam was a pure recycling robot revealed by Apple in 2016. Daisy can save a bulk of material required to create brand new iPhones. It has an ability to extract nine types of iPhones, and it manages to recover 1,900 kg of aluminum, 770 kg of cobalt, 710 kg of copper, and 11 kg of earth elements, for every 100,000 devices. It has an ability to disassemble 200 iPhones in an hour. It is worth noting that Daisy was created with some old parts of Liam. So, it is a recycled robot which recycles iPhones.
The Latest environmental progress report of Apple
According to the environmental progress report of Apple, they aim to use 100 percent responsibly sourced renewable or recycled materials and make sure that equivalent amount is returned to market. It could take many years to reach this goal, but Apple remains committed to its environmental progress. Apple is surely making progress as it is building entire MacBook and iPhone lines from recycled parts. Apple also uses recovery robots in multiple locations throughout the United States and Europe.
The main problem which may arise for Apple is the quality of its devices. As Apple could only utilize end-of-life devices returned to it directly, it will not prove to be a perfect solution as hoped. If consumers make use of the GiveBack trade-in and recycling program, it could benefit everyone. But what about billions of Android devices in the world? Apple will make a donation to Conservation International for every device received from now until April 30th.