Nothing against Apple - Carbon footprint of iPhone5 shipment from China

By Rishi Kabra   |   Published 3 yearss ago
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After months of speculation and rumors of the new iPhone 5’s features, Apple, Inc. (AAPL) opened pre-order sales to thousands of eager iPhone fans on Friday Sept 14th at 12 a.m.

Within one hour, pre-orders had completely sold out, compared to a 20-hour time period for the iPhone 4 and 22 hours for the iPhone 4s.
Apple sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S models during its launch weekend last year, nearly twice the 1.7 million iPhone 4 models sold in the same period in 2010. In 2009, Apple sold about 1 million iPhone 3GS models.
Now besides all these exciting news have you ever thought how much of CO2 emisions these iPhones would bring when they are shipped from China to U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and Germany.
Lets do some math here.
iPhone4s packaging weighed around 500 gms when it was shipped. Assuming Apple would do a better job this time around, the packaging weight reduced to 400 gms.
Its very clear that preorder sales were overwhelming and keeping that in mind Apple would have sold around 8 millions of these equipments so far.
Air plane (air cargo), average Cargo B747 would emit 500 g of CO2 per metric ton of freight and per km of transportation
Air distance between US and China is 7245.38 miles.
We are talking about a shipment of 3200 tons coming out of China and going to various parts of the world.
With all these figures Apple is going to inject around 12,000 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere of mother nature. 

There is nothing against Apple here as they always claim to have done their homeowork when it comes to mother naturebut just food for thought.

Some facts : 

The packaging for iPhone 4 is 42 per cent smaller than for the original iPhone shipped in 2007. That means that 80 per cent more iPhone 4 boxes fit on each shipping pallet, more pallets fit on each ship and plane, and fewer ships and planes are used — resulting in fewer CO2 emissions.
By reducing iPhone packaging by 42 per cent from 2007 to 2011, Apple ship 80 per cent more boxes in each airline shipping container. That saves one 747 flight for every 371,250 units Apple ship.
You can read more about Apple's initiatives to make this planet a better place by following this link.


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