Since Apple unveiled the first iPad back in January of 2010, it has completely dominated the tablet space. In just two years, the company has sold more than 50 million slates, garnering more than 60% of the market.

But with great power, comes great responsibility. Producing 50 million tablets, which will eventually be discarded, can have seriously negative effects on our environment. Want to know more? Keep reading…

The folks over at Sortable put together this handy infographic that shows how the iPad affects our planet.

Sortable How Green is the iPad?

Even though the above facts paint a grim picture of Apple, it’s worth noting that the company is putting a lot of effort into minimizing its carbon footprint. For example, it’s currently building one of America’s largest solar farms to power its North Carolina data center.

It’ll be interesting to see how much these numbers improve in the next 5-10 years, and if other companies follow suit.

  • Anonymous

    What a Bull$h!t ….seriously

  • Seems like they went too far trying to find every possibly way that an iPad could create CO2 emissions (they even included production and delivery) and then when they compare it to cars, they only go by the actual operation of the vehicle.

    • they really need to compare manufacturing to manufacuring and usage to useage.

      also it’s interesting to note, that it also only compares to 24 books… but they fail to note how much paper it’s saving, much more than 24 books, and this is not including the amount of newspaper, magazines that people will not need to buy anymore… flawed examples i say.

  • Close enough

  • The data center that feeds over 300 million apple devices uses a lot of power? Noo I though it ran off a AA battery…

  • How is bull$h!t can effact our plant !