Apple announced that it will use 100% recycled cobalt in batteries by 2025. That goes for all of its products, by the way. In addition to that, the company said that by 2025, magnets in all of its devices will use entirely recycled rare earth elements.
Apple plans to use 100% recycled cobalt in batteries by 2025
On top of that, all Apple-designed printed circuit boards will use 100% recycled tin soldering, and 100% recycled gold plating. All of this with the goal to “achieve carbon neutral products by 2030”.
The company added that it “significantly expanded” the use of 100% certified recycled cobalt in the last three years. So, that makes it possible for Apple to use it in all of its batteries by 2025.
Apple added that in 2022, a quarter of all cobalt found in Apple products came from recycled materials. Cobalt, for those of you who don’t know, enables high energy density in batteries, and it also fits nicely in the longevity and safety equations.
The company also wants to eliminate plastics from its packaging by 2025
Another commitment that Apple mentioned, and we didn’t list earlier, is to eliminate plastics from its packaging by 2025. Apple plans to use fiber alternatives for everything by 2025. At the moment, there’s 4% of plastic remaining in Apple’s packaging footprint.
This is, of course, commendable. It’s always nice to see when a company commits to positive actions, especially when it helps the planet. It would be great to see more companies make such commitments, and stick with them.
Samsung’s goal is to use 100% recycled plastic parts in its phones by 2050
Speaking of which, Samsung did announce something along those lines back in February. The company said that its goal is to use 100% recycled plastic parts in all of its smartphones by 2050.
Let’s hope more companies will follow Apple and Samsung moving forward, and do everything they possibly can to use less plastic, and recycle as much as they can in general.