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Apple ช่วยรักษาสิ่งแวดล้อมด้วยการจัดส่ง iPhone 12 โดยไม่มีที่ชาร์จจริงหรือ?

On October 16, 2020, Apple had an online conference where it showed the new line-up of iPhones. While it comes with a faster processor, new camera technology, and 5G capabilities, it lacked perhaps the most important feature: A charger.

Apple recently stated that removing the charger from the box was ‘progressive’ and in certain parts it is progressive. But I’m kind of on the fence about how this can be considered ‘progressive’.

Environmental effects of not producing a charger.

Based on research by the University of Bari Aldo Moro, the waste that is produced from making a phone is 200 times the weight of the phone. While there is the possibility of recycling the waste, companies usually take the cheaper route of dumping them in landfills.

This, in turn, releases toxic waste into the ground which can contaminate underground water sources affecting humans, animals, and plant life. It’s also estimated that by 2020, Europe will generate more than 12 million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment waste per year.

We should not forget that even before companies start assembling a phone, waste is already produced in the form of mining for raw materials. The first and most obvious point is deforestation.

It doesn’t only kill plants, but animals will have to be driven out of their homes and habitat, and this can lead to extinction.

Is Apple really trying to save the environment?

In a way, yes, they are probably contributing to the reduction of pollution. But during the announcement, Apple said that they are going back to its MagSafe charger. Ergo, they would need to start producing these chargers per the number of iPhone 12s built.

It then comes back to the point of sustainability. The question is: Is the company helping the environment when it’s still producing new chargers for the iPhones?

Another statement that they made was the size of the phone box. It’s smaller and allows them to transport more phones at a time. Which, in turn, reduces the carbon emissions from delivery trucks.

But that depends on demand. One store might request a different number to another store. That doesn’t mean that because trucks can carry more phones, shops are going to stock up more units. So every other week or month, these shops will still be requesting more phones.

This might not apply to the U.S. market because they have dedicated Apple shops. Still, if you take Malaysia or Indonesia, for example, these countries don’t have a dedicated Apple store. They have authorized resellers, which need to make orders and purchases regularly.

How can phone manufacturers reduce pollution?

I know this might not be possible, but do we need a new phone every year? Let’s look at the many new phones that released. Can you honestly say you’re impressed with what you’re seeing?

For the past two years, companies are flaunting the cameras on their phones. It’s obvious, hardware-wise, there is nowhere else to go, so they turn to the cameras. And now we got phones that look like they chopped Mickey Mouse’s head and squished it at the back of the phones.

Some are just downright trypophobia inducing and, honestly, not appealing at all. Even I’m not sure which sensor I’m supposed to look at when someone takes my picture.

Some have even said to consolidate phone accessories to one company. But the problem with that: Every phone company have different types of charging technology. How Apple charges its phone is different from a company like OnePlus.

Perhaps the best way to reduce pollution is to get these companies to set up recycling programs, where consumers can drop off an old phone to be disassembled and recycled.

Lastly, it boils down to you and I coming to terms that we don’t need a new phone every year. Your old iPhone X probably still works with no issues, and if it doesn’t have a problem, keep using it.

That’s the best way we can save the environment and hint at these companies that we don’t need a new phone every year.

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