Shortly after iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X have been announced at the Apple event in September, the person responsible for Apple’s environmental initiatives, Lisa Jackson, spoke about the manufacturing process of the new devices at the VERGE conference, from GreenBiz. Strangely, the video of the interview was published in October, but only now the GreenBiz talked about it, highlighting the design choices of devices in favor of the environment.
As has been reported several times, Apple’s intention is to use 100% recyclable materials in the production of its gadgets. According to Jackson, the company is moving towards this target and, with the design of the new devices, managed to reduce the amount of carbon in the aluminum used in the latest iPhones.
Although both the iPhones 8/8 Plus and the X have all-glass backs, aluminum is still present in the devices on their sides. By using a hydraulic smelter, Apple managed to decrease the amount of carbon (from greenhouse gas emissions) in the iPhone 8 by 11% compared to the iPhone 7 and 83% compared to the iPhone 6.
The interviewer also asked why Apple left the batteries stuck in the devices, citing the fact that this is harmful as it makes changing the battery difficult. Jackson recalled that, contrary to what many think, battery is not the main reason for repairs and, in case of problems, the company turns and moves it offers exchange programs.
In addition, she stressed that if the user changes the battery on his own, he is responsible for knowing what happens with the discarded component; however, if the exchange is made by Apple or authorized stores, this battery goes through a recycling process.
Being able to make the packaging of their products more environmentally friendly was also one of the issues addressed, citing that, when compared to those used in the iPhone 7, those of the new models had a 50% reduction in carbon emissions. The packaging is also smaller and the company has obtained help from two more new suppliers committed to its clean energy supply program.
Among other matters, Jackson also spoke about the company’s constant struggle to commit to providing 100% renewable energy in its buildings and supplier factories, and also gave its opinion in relation to the initiatives of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , in English) under the administration of current President Donald Trump.
You can check the video of the interview in full up there. ?