A topic that is important to me and that I have done research on is recycling. One of the companies that I have researched and was impressed with was Apple.
Apples recycling starts in the design stage, where they use more compact and recyclable packaging for their products and they also make some of their products from recycled materials. For example the built in battery in there products make them last longer than ordinary computer battery which can be charged only 200-300 times compared to the Mac book pro line up can be charged up to 1000 times. The Mac book pro battery can last up to five years where a normal battery which would need to be replaced 2-3 times. That saves you money, and it helps produce less waste, and increases the lifespan of your mac book pro. Once the usefulness of your apple product is expired if you send it back to them they will recycle it properly for you at no charge.
To help cut down on waste in the landfills, Apple has setup recycling programs in colleges, cities and countries where their products are sold. Their goal was to achieve high a recycling rate and that was successfully achieved. Now their goal is to maintain what they achieved. All of Apples E-waste collected, is recycled in the region where it was collected. Nothing is shipped overseas for recycling or disposal
Apple like many other companies have started recycling programs to help reduce their carbon footprints. With this positive peer pressure, other companies who didn't even recycle can now be found recycling. Our society should've been this conscience of this problem years ago but I suppose its better late than never.