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"It sounds insane, but we're working on it", the company wrote in its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report published Wednesday.

As cited on ET, a Karnataka state official said "We are working to see that (Apple) brings its entire component making ecosystem to Bengaluru and begins to export from here", one of the officials said.

Apple has chose to use only renewable materials in its products from now on. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras, the people said.

It wouldn't just be for iPhones either - Apple's goal is to only use recycled materials for all products - so that would include MacBooks, iPods, iPads, AirPods and everything else.

The ultimate aim is "to one day end our reliance on mining altogether", said Apple, without settling a date.

But the task won't be easy, something that Apple has admitted.

Still, Apple keeps moving forward with its environmental initiatives.

"We're actually doing something we rarely do, which is announce a goal before we've completely figured out how to do it", Lisa Jackson, former EPA administrator and now Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, explained in an interview with VICE News. "And we're piloting innovative new recycling techniques, like our line of disassembly robots, so we can put reclaimed materials to better use in new products", the environmental responsibility report said.

The world's second-largest smartphone maker is also looking into ways to reuse materials.

Earlier this year, the company moved to 100 percent recycled tin solder on the iPhone 6s main logic board, and has made improvements to the iPhone assembly process that cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent.

Harrison is forecasting 242 million iPhone units for fiscal 2018, which is even more than what DigiTimes reported that Apple's chip suppliers are preparing for. The company continues to make progress in its goals, including the use of renewable power for its own facilities as well as by its suppliers.

We dug a little deeper into the report to find out what this means for the future of Apple.

Of course, Apple's pledge on renewables would not only be good for the environment, but also for its business. In 2016, 96 percent of the electricity Apple uses worldwide came from renewable energy. In 2012, it committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy and has increasingly emphasized environmental sustainability in its products and packaging.

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