The Cupertino-based company has spent many years trying to be as ecologically conscious as possible in many different areas. However, efforts in manufacturing could be further improved by increasing Apple’s usage of recycled materials in its products.
By eliminating the need to use new materials, this would potentially lower the need for the creation and usage of mines, with a so-called «closed-loop» system potentially eliminating the need to mine altogether. In a report fromReuters, Apple claims it is planning to become a closed-loop manufacturer.
The Daisy recycling robot is part of the plan to close the loop, with the machine used to recoup 14 materials from old iPhones including aluminum, tin, cobalt, and rare earths. Up to 200 iPhones per hour can be disassembled by Daisy, with components freed by the process sent off to recyclers for further extraction and refinement.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s head of environment, policy, and social initiatives, told the report the iPhone was the first product selected for Daisy disassembly due to its mass popularity. Indeed, the recycling efforts has led Apple to consider sharing some of the technology used for Daisy with other companies, including those producing electric vehicles.