Highly-recyclable aluminum helps Apple build greener products

“Even as rumors have emerged that the next iPhone could transition back to an aluminum casing, Apple’s move toward highly recyclable aluminum cases for its products has contributed significantly to the company’s efforts to achieve environmental sustainability,” Josh Ong reports for AppleInsider.

“In 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs penned an open letter highlighting changes to the company’s environmental policy in hopes of achieving ‘a greener Apple,'” Ong reports. “In the letter, Jobs specifically noted the Cupertino, Calif., Mac maker’s adoption of aircraft-grade aluminum in order to improve recycling uptake.”

Ong reports, “Recycled aluminum requires just 5 percent of the energy needed to produce primary aluminum, while emitting 95 percent less green house gases. According to Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO of aluminum giant Alcoa, the metal is ‘infinitely recyclable,’ with 75 percent of all aluminum produced since 1888 still in active use today.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

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