Starting this week, Apple will begin shipping repaired iPhone 12 models in a new brown box that is 100% plastic-free and made from bleach-free paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, according to a company memo obtained by MacRumors† Until now, all repaired iPhones shipped by Apple were packaged in a white box.

iPhone 12 layout feature
In the memo, Apple said it is testing the new packaging for repaired iPhones as part of the company’s commitment to eliminate plastic in all packaging by 2025. in April, Apple announced that it has reduced plastic in its packaging by 75% since 2015, and said plastic made up just 4% of the company’s packaging by 2021.

The eco-friendly packaging is used for repaired iPhone 12 models shipped from Apple Repair Center depots to Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Service Providers, and/or directly to customers in the United States and other countries.

Apple has not said whether it will extend more eco-friendly packaging to all repaired iPhones if the trial is deemed successful.

Apple previously announced that its global operations will be decarbonised as of 2020, and the company said it has been using 100% renewable energy to power its offices, retail stores and data centers since 2018. As of March 2022, Apple said 213 of its manufacturing partners have also committed to 100% renewable electricity for Apple-related manufacturing.

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