Ahead of Earth Day, Apple has announced today that every device it receives at Apple Stores and Apple.com through its Apple GiveBack programme, the company will make a donation to Conservation International. Apple also debuted Daisy, the amazing robot that disassembles iPhones to recover valuable reusable materials. Both efforts are inline with Apple’s commitment to create a healthier planet through innovation.
Apple has a long term goal to make its products using only recycled or renewable materials. The company is constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve the planet’s natural resources.
Last week, the Cupertino company announced that all its global facilities are now powered by 100 percent clean energy, an achievement that covers its retail stores, offices, data centres and co-located facilities in 43 countries.
The company also has nine additional manufacturing partners that are committed to powering all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy. The current total number of supplier commitments is 23.
Customers can turn in their devices at any Apple Store or through Apple.com to be recycled or traded in. For each Apple device received today through 30 April, Apple will make a donation to Conservation International. Eligible devices will receive credit that customers can use towards an in-store purchase online for future use.
Founded in 1987, Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect and conserve the planet. The organisation runs its efforts in more than 30 countries on six continents.
This page details the Apple GiveBack programme. You can trade in an old iPhone, iPad, even a non-iOS smartphone. For devices without a trade-in value, Apple will recycle them for you for free.
If it is an iPhone, Daisy, the stupendously cool disassembly robot can efficiently extract resources from the device. Daisy has its predecessor Liam, the first disassembly robot launched in 2016, for her revolutionary capabilities (and some parts). Daisy can take apart nine versions of iPhone and sorting out high-quality components for recycling.
Daisy can take apart up to 200 iPhone devices per hour, removing and sorting components to recover valuable materials.
Read more about Daisy here.
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