Apple Inc said on Thursday it will use only recycled cobalt in batteries by 2025 as part of its efforts to make all its products carbon neutral by the end of the decade.
The company said magnets in Apple devices will use recycled rare earth elements, and in-house designed printed circuit boards will use recycled tin soldering and gold plating.
Apple is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 through its entire supply chain and the life cycle of each product. On Tuesday, it doubled its financial commitment to a fund set up two years ago to invest in projects that remove carbon from the atmosphere. ,
In the past, several tech companies have been accused of complicity in the deaths of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) forced to mine cobalt, a key material in batteries used in most consumer electronics.
Most cobalt is produced as a by-product of copper or nickel mining, but artisanal miners in southern Congo exploit deposits near the surface that are rich in cobalt.
A quarter of all cobalt used in Apple products will come from recycled materials in 2022, up from 13% a year earlier, Apple said.
It now sources more than two-thirds of all aluminum, nearly three-quarters of all rare earths and more than 95% of tungsten in its products from recycled materials.
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