MacBook Pro and the environment.

When it comes to being environmentally friendly, Apple approaches things differently — through our products. That’s why MacBook Pro is energy efficient and free of many harmful toxins.

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Energy Efficiency

MacBook Pro is designed to be energy efficient right out of the box. It’s even earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR qualification for its low power consumption.

Efficient power supply.

MacBook Pro includes a highly efficient power supply that reduces the amount of power wasted when bringing electricity from the wall to your computer. Lower power consumption reduces energy bills and lessens the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Advanced power management.

Unlike a lot of Windows-based PC systems, MacBook Pro uses energy-efficient hardware components that work hand in hand with the operating system to conserve power. OS X activates sleep mode on already energy-efficient LED-backlit displays. And it balances tasks across both central processors and graphics processors. OS X never misses a power-saving opportunity, no matter how small. It even regulates the processor between keystrokes, reducing power between the letters you type. That’s just one of many ways Apple manages small amounts of power that add up to big savings.

ENERGY STAR qualification.

MacBook Pro meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA in their ENERGY STAR 6.0 qualification. ENERGY STAR 6.0 sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power supplies and aggressive limits for the computer’s typical annual power consumption.

The Three Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption: Efficient Power Adapter, Low-power Components, Power Management Software. Every Milliwatt Counts: OS X even regulates processor activity between keystrokes, saving milliwatts of power.

Eliminating Toxic Substances

It’s what MacBook Pro doesn’t have that makes it more environmentally friendly. It’s free of many harmful toxins like mercury, arsenic, BFRs, and PVC.

Fewer toxins.

The greatest environmental challenge facing the computer industry today is the presence of arsenic, brominated flame retardants (BFRs), mercury, phthalates, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in products. Apple engineers have worked hard to eliminate BFRs and PVC from MacBook Pro circuit boards, internal and external cables, connectors, insulators, adhesives, and more.1 And they’ve eliminated many other toxins that are a common part of notebook computer manufacturing — choosing, for example, mercury-free backlighting and arsenic-free glass for the MacBook Pro display.

Toxic Materials Removal: Lead-free, BFR-free, PVC-free, Mercury-free, Arsenic-free glass.

Reduced Packaging

MacBook Pro packaging is designed to be as small as possible, so more products fit on fewer planes.

Smaller boxes, fewer planes.

We continue to make our packaging as small as possible. For example, the MacBook Pro with 13‑inch Retina display ships in packaging that’s 25 percent smaller than the original 13‑inch MacBook Pro packaging. And smaller boxes are much better for the planet. Because smaller boxes mean we can fit more boxes on each shipping pallet. Which means more products will fit on each boat and plane. Which means fewer boats and planes are used, resulting in fewer CO2 emissions. It’s one seemingly minor change. But it has a major positive impact on our environment.


Because MacBook Pro is made from aluminum, it’s more likely to be recycled and reused at the end of its long, productive life.

Recyclable materials.

Apple has minimized the waste when MacBook Pro reaches end of life through its ultraefficient design and the use of aluminum, which recyclers can reuse for other products.

Free recycling for your old computer.

Apple offers a free recycling program for old computers and displays with the purchase of any new Mac. Learn more on the Apple Recycling site