Environmental Factors of the iPhone

Written by derek king
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Apple is the electronics corporation behind the popular iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices. As their manufacturer, Apple is responsible for the environmental impact these devices leave in the world. Apple utilises several techniques to manage the environment such as using recyclable material, restricting harmful chemicals and improving energy efficiency in peripheral equipment.


The packaging provided for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS is almost entirely recyclable. The retail box is manufactured from bio-based material, including 90 per cent post-consumer recycled fiberboard. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS's retail packaging is also up to 42% lighter than the previous generations.

Energy Efficiency

The iPhone 4 and 3GS utilises power efficient software and components. Apple's iPhone USB adaptor outperforms the Energy Star qualifications for external power supplies. The Apple USB power adaptor has an efficiency up to 75 per cent as well.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

According to Apple, the majority of their corporate greenhouse gas emissions derives from the transportation, production, use and recycling of their own products, including the iPhone. Apple minimises their greenhouse emissions by setting stringent design-related goals for material and energy efficiency. Over the life cycle of iPhone devices, about 50 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions come from customer use. Over 40 per cent occurs during production, while the rest is caused during transport and recycling.

Restricted Substances

Apple attempts to restrict harmful substances from the iPhone devices and their packaging. All iPhones comply with the European RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances). Harmful materials including lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants are restricted by Apple. All iPhone devices use a mercury-free LCD display, bromine-free printed circuit boards, arsenic free glass and PVC-free headphones and USB cables.

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