Apple promises to stop mining minerals to make iPhones – it just isn’t sure how yet

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ARIELLE DUHAIME-ROSS on VICE NEWS | 19 April 2017

“Apple has one of the most aggressive sustainability and recycling programs in tech, but it still pulls plenty of metals and toxic rare-earth materials out of the ground to make iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and other products.

That’s about to change. The company is set to announce a new, unprecedented goal for the tech industry to “stop mining the earth altogether.

The announcement, part of Apple’s 2017 Environment Responsibility Report released Wednesday, will commit the company to making devices entirely from recycled materials such as aluminum, copper, tin, and tungsten. But there’s one hiccup: Apple doesn’t know exactly how it’s going to make that happen.”

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