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The Apple Watch no longer comes with a USB power adapter, but for good reason



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Apple’s Lisa P. Jackson says that not making USB adapters for the Apple Watch helps reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

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Tired of piling up power supplies every time you get new technology? Apple will no longer ship the small blocks used to plug USB cables into power outlets with new Apple Watches.

The company made the change as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, said Lisa P. Jackson, vice president of environmental, political and social initiatives at Apple, at an event that announced updates for iPads and Apple Watches Tuesday.

“Sometimes it’s not what we do, but what we don’t do matters,” said Jackson. She added that Apple knows that its customers are building up USB adapters and that millions of them are “consuming resources and adding to our carbon footprint.”

The company also said it makes products without harmful chemicals like beryllium or mercury and uses 100% recycled rare earth minerals in its devices.

Correction, 12 p.m. PT: This story has been updated to take into account that Apple will be making fewer USB adapters that plug into wall outlets.






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