Education and business are not Apple’s solely interest. The company involved several years ago also in environmental issues and started by eliminating and reducing substances that are harmful for the environment. The glass, plastic and metal were reduced in the manufacturing and the paper and ink in packaging and some other chemical substances were replaced with natural ones, resulting in smart redesigned products that have a small impact on the environment.
Apple’s environmental footprint consists also in recycling programs that includes the development of longer lasting batteries too, and a Facilities program that applies for reducing the water and the energy consumption.
The most recent Facility procedure initiated by Apple has its roots in 2010, when the company built near Maiden, NC an enormous data center. Beside this center a 147 acres surface was cleared and intended for a solar farm, according to Solar Feeds.
Apple’s latest environmental report describes the 100-acre solar array as the nation’s “largest end user-owned, onsite” that will be able of supplying 42 million kWh of renewable energy per year.
This data center is the biggest and, so far, the most significant proof of Apple’s involvement in environmental issues. In 2011 Apple achieved substantial reduction in its facilities impact over the environment by considerably reducing the energy use and the gas emissions.