Apple pledges ‘closed loop’ supply chain
- May 22, 2017
Media and IT giant Apple has pledged to move towards a closed-loop supply chain, where its products are created using renewable or recycled material. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, says: “We embrace the circular economy.” The commitments come in Apple’s 2017 Sustainability Report, which mentions a number of initiatives designed to enable the group to meet this goal, such as the Apple Renew programme, which encourages customers to return cores.
One of the most eye-catching developments is Apple’s creation of ‘Liam’, a line of robots that can rapidly take apart the iPhone 6: “With two Liam lines up and running, we can take apart up to 2.4 million phones a year,” the company says. Material from aluminium enclosures recovered from the iPhone 6 have been used to build Mac mini computers used in Apple’s iPhone final assembly facilities. The company insists it is “looking for opportunities to expand this pilot”.