Apple has launched it’s greenest MacBook Air yet, with a 100 percent recycled aluminium alloy shell, reducing the carbon footprint of the computer by almost half. It’s a goal that the company says it has had for many years.
The Recycled Aluminum Shell
In the past, Apple sourced new aluminium by mining high purity ore, which has severe environmental impacts. But now, the new Macbook Air will now be made with a shell made from a custom alloy created by the company’s material team.
“Apple’s metallurgy team has designed an aluminium alloy that uses excess aluminium from the production process,” said Laura Grove, Apple’s vice president of hardware engineering.
“It’s designed to use fine shavings of recaptured aluminium that are re-engineered down to the atomic level. This new alloy is as beautiful and robust as any we’ve used before,” continued Laura Metz, Apple’s senior product manager.
The use of 100 percent recycled aluminium in the casing has been verified by UL, a global safety consulting and certification company based in Illinois.
This recycled aluminum can also be recycled, which lowers the carbon emissions further. Compared to the same model from the previous generation, the new MacBook Air has 47% less carbon emissions.
Other ‘Green’ Aspects of The Macbook Air
But Apple doesn’t stop there. The model uses 35% recycled plastic, in addition to the use of 100% recycled tin in the motherboard. It also has a mercury-free LED-backlit display, arsenic-free display glass, is beryllium and PVC-free and comes in eco-friendly packaging.
The updated version of the Air is also 10 per cent thinner than the previous version, and weighs 340 grams less, at 1.25 kilograms.
“With all the care and attention that we put into design and engineering, our teams work just as hard to ensure that our products are environmentally friendly,” said Grove.
Furthermore, the new MacBook Air also features a Retina display, Touch ID, the latest-generation keyboard, and a Force Touch trackpad. It will also come in silver, space gray, and gold. Available in stores November 7, 2018.