Rear of the new Mac mini

Apple highlights environmental responsibility in the new MacBook Air and Mac mini

More than ever, Apple is taking advantage of this year 2018 to wear the shirt of environmental responsibility on several fronts – from full operation in renewable energy to unrestricted support for the Paris Agreement, we have sectors in Cupertino actively looking for more alternatives green for the company itself and for the world.

Of course, when it comes to Apple hardware, it couldn’t be different. Apple’s latest keynote had some very significant moments in this regard, such as when the company announced that its two newest Macs have housings made from 100% recycled aluminum. Now, two documents have been released highlighting even more made with the new machines.

The document referring to the new MacBook Air [PDF] also highlights the use of 35% or more of recycled plastic in the speakers and fans of the new laptop; the main logic board of the machine is made of 100% recycled tin. The packaging of the laptops is also more environmentally friendly: all of the wood fiber used comes from recycled and responsible sources, and the contents of the box use 87% less plastic than the packaging of the previous MacBook Air.

Already in the document talking about the new Mac mini [PDF], Apple highlights the use of 60% recycled plastic in the bottom cover and back wall, where the machine doors are located; the fan, in turn, uses 27% bio-based plastic. In the boxes, likewise, all the wood fiber used comes from recycled and responsible sources; the packages have less than 4% plastic in all materials used.

Rear of the new Mac mini

Apple also talks about the GiveBack program, whereby you can deliver your old device in exchange for a discount on a new one (under certain conditions); the company reuses your computer or recycles it for free. In addition, both MacBook Air and Mac mini have even lower emissions of harmful gases into the atmosphere – 47% and 45% less, respectively.

These are great advances, which – we hope – will continue to occur in the next releases. Will we ever see Macs built entirely from recycled materials? Would be great.

via AppleInsider