Apple Isn't as Green as It Pretends to Be
Apple says that 70% of its carbon emissions come from manufacturing alone. And Compare and Recycle estimates that iPhone manufacturing in 2022 alone will generate a mind-boggling 17 megatons of CO2 emissions. However, the environmental impact of the iPhone starts long before the assembly line. Mining materials like cobalt and lithium - components essential for electronic devices - also have a very real impact on the environment. Euronews reports that about 2.2 million liters of water are needed to produce just a single ton of lithium. And that water is often dived from homes and communities that need it, creating an immediate and drastic effect on nearby communities. For years, people have criticized Apple making decisions that subtly encourage people to throw devices instead of fixing and upgrading them. One of the ways Apple does this is by making it difficult to fix your iPhone. Apple doesn't sell genuine parts to third-party repair shops, meaning if you want to get your iPhone fixed with genuine parts, you'll need to head to an Apple Store or Apple-authorized repair center.