It has been reported by the London Evening Standard report (through GigaOM) saying that Apple is is now required to go through the cable supplier Volex in spending up to around $6 million to rehash their lines of production to get rid of halogens from the power and also USB cords that are being used in the products of the company. This new move will allow the cables to be alot less “toxic” to the environment once it is thrown out.
Apple is the biggest customer of Volex, 23%-owned by billionaire financier Nat Rothschild, which makes the power cables and USB leads used in everything from laptops to iPhones and iPads.
But the US firm is on a drive to move its products towards halogen-free power cables, which are less harmful to the environment when disposed of.
The start-up costs in designing and making the new cables will cost it up to $6 million in the current financial year, Volex said today, although, stripping out these one-off costs, profits will be in line with market expectation.
In the past Apple has been receiving criticism coming from the groups of advocacy for the environment just like Greenpeace, though Apple has been doing much better in the past recent surveys that were conducted and they have continued to be shifting to be closer to a much more eco-friendly company with more alternatives, and they’ve also become alot more open to their own efforts to be eco-friendly.
Just last 2009, Apple had released and extended their footprint within their environmental standards in their section of their website to provide information to be helpful in showing what they have done already to impact the environmental area and the progress within it.