Here’s what we’re doing.
And how we’re doing.

Latest Report

In our current report, you’ll find more detailed information about our efforts, how we measure the overall effect we have on the environment and the progress we’ve made over the last year.

Download the 2018 Environmental Responsibility Report

Measuring performance. One product at a time.

Our comprehensive Product Environmental Reports describe each device’s performance as measured against three environmental priorities.

Climate Change

How each phase of the device’s life cycle contributes to its total carbon footprint.


How efficient we are with materials and how we can recover resources at the end of a device’s life.

Safer Materials

Which toxic substances we keep out of our devices or the process of making a device.

Environmental Reports Archive

Additional Reports and Resources

Circular Economy

Our aim is to make products using only renewable resources or recycled material. And we want to return an equivalent amount of material back to the market, to be used by us or others. It’s an ambitious goal that will require years of collaboration across Apple teams, our suppliers and recyclers — so we undertook a detailed analysis to determine which materials to focus on first.

Material Recovery

Apple operates or participates in responsible recycling programs in 99 per cent of the countries where we sell our products.

Learn more

Daisy is the successor to Liam, a line of robots capable of recovering high-quality materials from iPhone 6 devices, reducing the need to mine more resources from the earth. Liam was an experiment in recycling technology that inspired us to create Daisy, our latest disassembly robot.

Read our white paper on Liam (PDF)

Responsible Paper Use

We’re reducing our paper impact by using paper more efficiently, sourcing it responsibly and protecting or creating sustainable working forests.

Read our white paper on Apple’s Paper and Packaging Strategy (PDF)

When we use virgin paper in our packaging, Apple requires our suppliers to source it from sustainably managed forests or controlled wood sources.

Read our Sustainable Fibre Specification (PDF)

Assurance of Apple’s Environmental Data

Apple obtains third-party verification of its environmental footprint from two entities: Bureau Veritas and the Fraunhofer Institute. Bureau Veritas verifies scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions, as well as energy use, waste and water impacts for our offices, retail stores and data centres worldwide. The Fraunhofer Institute verifies the scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions associated with our products, calculated using life cycle assessment.

View the Bureau Veritas verification certificate (PDF)

View the Fraunhofer Institute verification statement (PDF)

Safer Materials

Apple requires its suppliers to follow the rigorous standards set in our Regulated Substances Specification, which outlines Apple’s global restrictions on the use of certain chemical substances or materials in our products, accessories, manufacturing processes and packaging.

Read the Regulated Substances Specification (PDF)

Read our white paper on Integrating Toxicological Assessments in Material Selection for Apple Products (PDF)

Supplier Responsibility

We hold ourselves and our supply chain partners to high standards for upholding labour and human rights protections; maintaining effective health, safety and environmental practices; and sourcing materials responsibly. Our Supplier Responsibility site details the advancements we made in 2017 throughout our supply chain.

Visit the Supplier Responsibility site

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Apple GiveBack

Good for you.
Good for the planet.

Trade in your eligible device and you could get an Apple Store Gift Card, or have it recycled for free.

See how it works