Apple today announced a major acceleration of its work to expand recycled materials across its products, including a new 2025 target to use 100 percent recycled cobalt in all Apple-designed batteries. Additionally, by 2025, magnets in Apple devices will use entirely recycled rare earth elements, and all Apple-designed printed circuit boards will use 100 percent recycled tin soldering and 100 percent recycled gold plating.
The cobalt supply chain is notoriously dirty, with its use in the batteries of everything from personal electronics to electric cars being an ongoing source for concern. In 2017, Apple pledged to one day make its devices wholly from recycled materials. While it did not announce a timeline for doing so, this announcement gets it closer and the company’s regular progress reports indicate steps in the right direction.