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Apple Is Investigating Whether Or Not Tin Used In Its Products Is Hurting Indonesia

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Apple needs a lot of tin to make its assortment of gadgets, but tin can be a very environmentally unfriendly business. It can destroy tropical forests and coral reefs, and it can bankrupt the people who depend on tropical forests and coral reefs for their livelihood. No tropical forests? No trees. No coral reefs? No fish.

Much of the tin-mining in the world is done on Bangka Island in Indonesia. Unfortunately, only some of the tin mining done there is regulated, meaning they watch out for the environmental impact. Recently, there’s been a lot of concern that Apple might actually be buying up tin from unregulated mines, taking part in the environmental destruction of the locale. That’s why Apple’s launching an investigation on the matter.

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Apple Most Aggressive In Adopting Progressive Environmental Policies In China

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Apple has been praised by Chinese environmental activist Ma Jun for its “aggressive” adoption of progressive environmental policies in China. The Cupertino company, which initially refused to cooperate with the Beijing-based Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE),┬áhas gone further than any of its peers in the technology industry, Ma said.

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Read About China’s “Apocalyptic, Toxic” Stranglehold On The iPhone’s Rare Earth Elements

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There are seventeen rare earth elements in the periodic table: fifteen lanthanides, plus scandium and yttrium. About nine of those elements go into every iPhone sold… and if China were suddenly to disappear from a map tomorrow, Apple would lose about 90% of those elements.

Those nine rare-earth elements are used in all sorts of things to make your iPhone, including providing the LCD display, help polish the glass, build the speakers, make the phone circuitry and even allow your iPhone to vibrate on silent mode. But they are also an environmental nightmare to actually claw out of the earth, which is why China — which doesn’t care much about such issues — has a stranglehold on them.

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Apple’s Using A Lot Of Excess Cardboard To Ship Their Lighting To 30 Pin Adapter

Apple’s Using A Lot Of Excess Cardboard To Ship Their Lighting To 30 Pin Adapter

That’s a lot of cardboard.

The new Lighting To Thirty Pin Adapter is a tiny thing, just a little dongle that routes signals from your old iPhone dock or connector to the appropriate pins in the new Lightning adapter. It’s smaller than the size of a matchbook.

Despite this, however, reader Doug P. emailed us with an image of how much packaging the adapter comes in: not only is Apple’s retail packaging for the adapter six times bigger than the adapter itself, but the shipping box it comes in looks like could easily hold up to thirty adapters without their packaging.

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Apple’s EarPods Packing Is So Environmentally Friendly It Turns To Mush In Water [Video]

Apple’s EarPods Packing Is So Environmentally Friendly It Turns To Mush In Water [Video]

Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Apple’s efforts to be greener mean it boasts some of the most environmentally friendly gadgets on the planet. The new iPhone 5, for example, is one of the greenest smartphones money can buy. Apple also tries to make its packaging green. In fact, the packing for its new EarPods is so environmentally friendly that it turns to mush when you submerge it in water.

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The Best Travel Gadgets [Best Of]

The Best Travel Gadgets [Best Of]

It’s August, which means two things. One, there’s no news to report on, which means that most of a gadget blogger’s workday is taken up with siestas and refreshing beverages. And two, it’s vacation time! That’s right: The whole northern hemisphere likes to take a break at exactly the same time, all the better to enjoy congested roads, overpriced plane tickets and overcrowded hotels.

To ease your pain, we’ve put together a list of the best travel gadgets. You may not enjoy spending a hot and stuffy month with your in-laws, but at least your tech won’t let you down.

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BikeCharge Aftermarket ‘Hub’ Lets You Charge Your iPhone With Pedal Power

BikeCharge Aftermarket ‘Hub’ Lets You Charge Your iPhone With Pedal Power

Simple, and easy to install. Photo London Cyclist

There are a few ways to keep your phone juiced as you ride. Those with foresight will have specced a wheel with a dynamo hub and USB adapter. Those who live in sunnier climes might opt for a solar panel. ANd those who lack both good weather and good planning skills can grab the Tigra BikeCharge, an iPhone charger that will fit any bike.

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Binder Clip Case For The iPhone Was Probably Inevitable

Binder Clip Case For The iPhone Was Probably Inevitable

If you see a stylus, they've failed.

Noteshelf? Evernote? Wacom’s amazing Inkling? Pah! These are all electronic pretenders to the crown of the real portable note-taking king: paper. And with the Binder Clip Case, you can add this noble, non-shareable, non-searchable technology to your iPhone 4/S.

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Boost Your Changers Charger With A Second Solar Panel

Boost Your Changers Charger With A Second Solar Panel

A Changers panel in action. Photo Charlie Sorrel (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

I spent most of last week riding my loaded-up bike through the north of Spain, and as any self-respecting geek would do, I was carrying gadgets, including a power-hungry iPad 3, and a Changers solar-powered charger. I’m planning a longer post on how this worked out, but right now I’m going to tell you about a new accessory for the Changers charger which should make it even more effective on road trips.

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San Francisco Is The First City To Riot Over Apple Rejecting Green-Friendly Rating System

San Francisco Is The First City To Riot Over Apple Rejecting Green-Friendly Rating System

How badly will fallout from Apple’s decision to remove its products from the EPEAT registry affect it?

Just days after word broke that Apple had decided to withdraw its products from the EPEAT registry, San Francisco announced that the city would will stop procurement of Apple’s Mac desktops and notebooks. The move may be the first of many such announcements as many local, state, and federal agencies mandate purchases of only computers that meet the EPEAT criteria.

Apple’s decision to remove 39 of its products from the registry is puzzling to many considering that Apple is very vocal and transparent about the environmental friendliness of its products and processes. Apple was also one of the companies that helped create the EPEAT standards in 2006.

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