Apple is going even more green.

Elliot Friar

"The Posterior" is a cheeky weekly newsletter from TUSHY sprayin' about all the things we care about: The environment, tech, health and cleanliness.

APPLE IS GOING EVEN MORE GREEN

If you think throwing your empty can of La Croix into a recycling bin makes a difference (it does!), just think of the difference a multinational technology conglomerate that has sold over a billion mobile devices could make. A lot. Apple just released its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, and has pledged to up-the-environmental-ante on already groundbreaking initiatives. The techy green giant will be expanding the use of a robot that disassembles devices and recovers recyclable parts (the robot is called Liam, but should obviously be called WALL-E even if it means a lawsuit from Disney). The company also has the goal of a “closed-loop supply chain, where products are built using renewable resources or recycled material,” which is pretty mother f- er...natureing cool — and they’re already well on their way. Thanks for being the apple our green eyes, Apple!


ANOTHER GREAT GARBAGE PATCH.

As if one ocean garbage patch wasn’t enough. A new study published in Science Advances shows plastics from densely populated North Atlantic coastlines are likely making their way to the Arctic Ocean — and staying there. A global deepwater current, called the thermohaline circulation, is plastic that we pollute our oceans with into the Arctic on a long journey. Unfortunately, land masses like Greenland exist (no hate to Greenland at all, but you’re really blockin’ this stuff), which are trapping plastics in the North Pole’s ocean. There’s no telling how this could impact the Arctic’s ecosystem, but the study’s lead author, Andrés Cózar Cabañas, says it means reducing plastic pollution “will require international agreements.”


MORE APPLE NEWS?! THEY’RE TAKING ALL THE TREES.

If you’re somehow invested in a California tree farming company, money really does grow on trees. Apple (surprise! More Apple news!) is buying up an arborsurd amount of trees for its new multi-billion dollar campus in Silicon Valley — so much so that public works projects, like the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, are having to go across state lines to tree shop. This honestly seems like a reenactment of trying to find that just-right Christmas tree as a kid x 1,000,000 (if that’s something your fam did). Did Apple not get our memo that trees are out and bamboo is in? ;)