Newest iPhone of Apply is coming without any charging adapter or EarPods inside the box. Last month, Apple launched its Apple Watches in the same way. In iPhone 12 a charging cable is included in the box but Apple wants buyers to have their charging bricks to plug into the wall.
The company’s reasons are straightforward. “Customers already have over 700 million Lightning headphones, and many customers have moved to a wireless experience,” said Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives at Apple, during Tuesday’s iPhone launch event. “There are also over 2 billion Apple power adapters out there in the world, and that’s not counting the billions of third-party adapters. We’re removing these items from the iPhone box, which reduces carbon emissions and avoids the mining and use of precious materials.”
The iPhone’s packaging is smaller due to fewer items. Jackson says that now Apple can have 70 % more products on a shipping pallet.
He added that the changes made for iPhone 12 cuts around 2 million metric tons of carbon annually which is like eliminating 450,000 cars from roads every year.
Many praise this step of Apple and said that Apple should be admired for making a transparent effort to reduce its environmental footprint.
However, sustainability experts are doubtful that Apple’s effort contributes very little on the increasing electronic water crisis.
As per Global E-Waste Monitor 2020, 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste was generated by the world in 2019. The report was co-authored by Ruediger Kuehr, head of the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme hosted by the United Nations University, with collaboration from other organizations including the International Telecommunication Union.
Moreover, by 2030 this number will spike up to 74 million metric tons that is almost twice the amount which was recorded in 2014.