Apple announced that the 2018 models of its new MacBook Air and Mac mini are made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. In addition, the company said its Mac mini features 60 percent recycled plastic.
Back in September, Apple announced it would use more recycled materials in its new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr. At the time, the company also said when users decide to replace their iPhones, Apple will recycle them for free and offer trade-in credit if the phone has any value.
And in April, Apple unveiled Daisy, an iPhone recycling robot that’s capable of taking apart 200 iPhones per hour and disassembling nine different versions of the iPhone, sorting various reusable components.
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Onstage at today’s hardware announcement event, Apple proudly announced that the 2018 models of its MacBook Air and Mac mini would both be manufactured with 100 percent recycled aluminum. Additionally, it announced that its Mac mini would be constructed from 60 percent recycled plastic.
These are different kinds of recycled materials. Specifically, the recycled plastic is “post-consumer,” which means that it’s material that’s previously been used in other products and was recycled. Meanwhile, the aluminum is recycled leftovers from Apple’s production of other aluminum products. In other words, you’re not getting a laptop made out of old drink cans.
This is not the first environmental milestone that Apple has hit this year. Back in April, the company announced that it’s powered entirely by renewable energy worldwide. And at today’s event, it added that the same is true for all its retail locations as well. For a business as big as Apple, that’s a significant achievement.