#apple will stop relying on mining for minerals ‘one day’

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Apple is taking steps to end its reliance on mining for the materials that it uses in its devices, becoming the first big tech company to commit to using only recycled metals, rare earths, and other minerals. The company outlined its aim to stop digging up new resources in its latest Environmental Responsibility Report (PDF), released today. In the document, Apple says that it plans to “one day” move to a closed-loop manufacturing system (in which it can get all the metals and rare earths it needs from recycle and reuse programs), but that it’s not entirely sure how to get to that point.

That goal was backed up by an interview with Vice, in which Lisa Jackson — Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives — said that the…

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