Is Your iPad Green Enough? [Infographic]

With Apple selling millions of iPads every quarter, iPad has become undoubtedly one of the most popular gadgets on earth, there’s no doubt it’s use has helped humanity in several ways, devices like iPods and iPhones are becoming increasingly important in our lives. However, if those iPods, iPads and iPhones are eventually discarded without proper recycling, the electronic wastes emanating from them will no doubt become detrimental to human health, the impact to the environment cannot be over emphasised.

iPad from Apple is a revolutionary piece of technology that is more advanced than any other thing we have seen in the world of tablets,  with prices that ranges from as little as $499, it’s only a matter of time before this product makes it to every homes but the question that is probably in many people’s mind is what will be the effect of these gadgets on our environment, How much impact will Apple iPads have on our environment, How green is the new iPad.

Although Apple has stated that iPad have environmental features, but truth be told the Apple iPad is about as green as any piece of technology like this can get. Looking at it from the other way round, a gadget like an iPad is an e-reader that allows anyone to store and read all of their once paper documents on the device, without doubt, this will reduce the amount of trees cut down for the use of printing. It should also be noted that iPad doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals:

  • iPad is made of arsenic free glass
  • iPad is made of Mercury free LCD
  • The body is made of recyclable aluminium and glass
  • It only uses 2.5 watts of power, 20% of what is required to run a fluorescent bulb

The problem with iPad is that it is designed to be a supplement to other devices. It doesn’t replace full sized desktop or laptops and not too many people are going to replace their iPod with the 9 inch iPad. People also don’t normally recycle their older iPads once it reaches its end life, older electronic gadgets normally ends up in a bin or landfill, hence contributing to the e-waste problem. Eventhough it is highly recyclable but nobody does this, with no stable e-waste recycling laws in place, iPads could become a direct source of e-waste.

Before we proceed to the infographic below, you can take a look at the documents below brought to you in a chronological order. We hope you will find them useful!

Useful Doucments:


iPad 2 Environmental Reoprt

iPad Environmental Reoprt

Apple Supplier Responsibility 2011 Progress Report

The other side of Apple – Part 2: Pollution Spread through Apple’s Supply Chain

The infographic below, created by Sortable.com, breaks down the environmental footprint of the new iPad. The data is based on research compiled by the company.

How Green is the New iPad?

how green is the new iPad

Useful Resources:


How Green is the New iPad – part 6: Carbon footprintEco-Libris blog, July 13, 2012  

How Green is the New iPad – part 5: RecyclingEco-Libris blog, July 10, 2012 

How Green is the New iPad – part 4: Restricted substancesEco-Libris blog, July 9, 2012

How Green is the New iPad – part 3: PackagingEco-Libris blog, July 8, 2012 

How Green is the New iPad – part 2: comparing energy efficiency with the iPad 2Eco-Libris blog, July 6, 2012 

How Green is the New iPad – part 1: comparing materials and production footprint to iPad 2Eco-Libris blog , July 5, 2012

Apple’s Withdrawal from EPEAT Indicates a Shift Further Away from SustainabilityRaz Godelnik, Triple Pundit, July 12, 2012

Apple’s New Coal-Free Data Centers: Great News, Missed OpportunityRaz Godelnik, Triple Pundit, May 25, 2012 

5 Reasons Why Apple’s CSR Strategy Doesn’t WorkRaz Godelnik, Triple Pundit, May 18, 2012 

Greenpeace Gives Apple a Valuable Lesson in Stakeholder Engagement,Raz Godelnik, Triple Pundit, April 20, 2012 

How greeen is the new iPad?Eco-Libris blog, March 9, 2012 

Under Pressure, Apple Agrees to an External Audit of its Supply ChainRaz Godelnik, Triple Pundit, February 16, 2012 

Occupy Wall Street Goes Virtual, Targeting Apple through PetitionsRaz Godelnik, Triple Pundit, February 3, 2012 

How green is your iPad? Update 1: Apple introduces the iPad TextbooksEco-Libris blog, January 19, 2012 

This American Life Presents a Journey to the Harsh Reality Behind Apple ProductsRaz Godelnik, Triple Pundit, January 17, 2012 

Apple is first technology company to join Fair Labor AssociationSam Oliver, Apple Insider, January 13, 2012 

This American Life: Mr. Daisey and the Apple FactoryChicago Public Media and Ira Glass, January 6, 2012

Greenpeace: Apple Is Less Green Friendly Than Dell, HP and NokiaKillian Bell, Cult of Mac, November 9, 2011

Is Tim Cook’s Apple Going To Stop Poisoning China?Ariel Schwartz, Co.Exist, November 2011

Apple Expands Stakeholder Engagement to Chinese Environmental Groups,Raz Godelnik , Triple Pundit, October 2, 2011

Why Apple Should Make the iPad Solar PoweredRaz Godelnik , Triple Pundit, September 15, 2011

The Dark Side of Apple’s Supply ChainBill DiBenedetto, Triple Pundit, September 6, 2011

7 Ways Tim Cook Could Make Apple Better Than EverJaymi Heimbuch, Treehugger, August 29, 2011

Apple factories accused of exploiting Chinese workersGethin Chamberlain, Guardian.co.uk, April 30, 2011

Will iPads kindle a massive carbon footprint?Leon Kaye , Guardian.co.uk, April 13, 2011

Is Reading on Your iPad More Green Than Paper Books?, Darrell Etherington, GigaOm, April 8, 2011

Apple Finds the Environmental Benefit in Aluminum - Environmental Leader, March 28, 2011

Comparing between the iPad and the iPad 2 from a green perspective: - Eco-Libris, March 19, 2011

Apple reduced the iPad 2 carbon footprint in 20 percent - Eco-Libris, March 15, 2011

How Green is the iPad 2? - Raz Godelnik, Triple Pundit, March 9, 2011

Apple iPad 2 Comes In Black and White, But Not Green - Jaymi Heimbuch, Treehugger, March 3, 2011

Apple Unveils Thinner, Lighter iPad 2 – But is it Green? - Diane Pham and Mike Chino, Inhabitat, March 2, 2011

How to recycle your iPad 1 after you buy an iPad 2 - John Platt, Mother Nature Network, March 2, 2011

Workers Sickened at Apple Supplier in China - David Barboza, New York Times, February 23, 2011

Apple Says Foxconn’s Actions on Suicides Saved Further Lives - Tim Culpan, Businessweek, February 14, 2011

The Other Side of Apple (and not the one you’re gonna like..) - Eco-Libris blog, January 21, 2011

How the Dodd-Frank Bill will make sure there are no conflict minerals in Apple’s iPad? - Eco-Libris blog, January 11, 2011

Is the iPad manufactured at a modern sweatshop? - Eco-Libris blog, December 19, 2010

How Green is My iPad? - Daniel Goleman and Gregory Norris, New York Times, August 22, 2010

How green is my iPad? Analyzing the iPad’s environmental report (Part 3- materials) - Eco-Libris blog, June 22, 2010

How green is your iPad? An analysis of the iPad’s environmental report (Part 2: recycling) - Eco-Libris blog, June 19, 2010

How green is your iPad? Analysis of the iPad’s environmental report (Part 1) - Eco-Libris blog, June 18, 2010

How green is the iPad? - The Guardian, May 24, 2010

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