Apple Highlights Use of Recyclable Plastics in New MacBook Air and Mac mini

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Apple today shared environmental reports for the new MacBook Air and Mac mini, the first two Macs with 100 percent recycled aluminum enclosures.


The eco-friendly designs of the new MacBook Air and Mac mini extends beyond aluminum. The bottom cover and connector wall in the new Mac mini, for example, are made from 60 percent recycled plastic, while its fan contains 27 percent bio-based plastic made with renewable sources rather than petroleum.

Likewise, the vent and speakers in the new MacBook Air contain 35 percent and 45 percent recycled plastic respectively. The butterfly switches on the new MacBook Air's keyboard also contain 34 percent bio-based plastic, while the solder on the main logic board is made from 100 percent recycled tin.

Apple says the new Mac mini generates 45 percent fewer emissions than the previous-generation model, while the new MacBook Air generates 47 percent fewer emissions than the previous-generation model, each over a four-year lifespan.

Apple also says the new MacBook Air's packaging uses 87 percent less plastic than the previous-generation model's packaging.

Apple's ultimate goal is to use only recycled or renewable materials in its products, and source them responsibly, and it has certainly taken further steps forward with the latest MacBook Air and Mac mini.

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22 months ago
If Apple truly wanted to make their products environmentally friendly they'd make it far far easier for customers to repair their own devices
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22 months ago
Cool. Then why do the prices suggest they’re mining the aluminium from the moon?
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22 months ago
Also in the upcoming Apple Face-ID Display?


The idea of the Apple Cinema Display has always been resource-friendly. I was able to use the same display for several generations of Mac Minis for a long time. That was honestly optimal use of material resources.

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22 months ago
Aluminium has the highest recycling rate of any metals processed world wide anyway with almost 70% as compared to the next two spots on the list with steel and copper at just above 40%. So it is very likely that my 2012 MacBook Pro consists of a former beer can and a wing part of a 1982 Boing 747. :)
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22 months ago
The plastic in this model of Mac can be recycled later. That's cute.

Meanwhile the world is now using a million water bottles a minute ('https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/07/26/million-plastic-bottles-minute-91-not-recycled/#443e6b74292c').
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22 months ago
What's kinda funny (that was mentioned in the keynote) is that the Mac mini is made from the shavings of the iPad Pro.
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