Boycotting Apple

People have been calling to boycott Apple since 2012 over worker abuses and environmental issues. But there hasn’t been a huge support compared to the Amazon Anonymous campaign, which is odd considering the issues are very similar!

1. There have historically been tax avoidance issues – this article is from 2012, but their willingness to take billions of dollars from the public is pretty unethical considering how much profit they make!

2. If you’re in the UK you’ll be able to see this BBC Panorama documentary which took hidden cameras into Chinese factories and visited illegal mines where Apple sourced tin. It shows how awful it really is on the Apple supply chain – Apple’s Broken Promises.

3. A major issue for me is the built-in obsolescence of Apple products. This article demonstrates how a two year old product is now unable to use the new software – this will lead to millions of iPods/iPads/iPhones going to landfill. So so bad for the environment and essentially unsustainable.

I’m lucky – the only Apple product I own is an iPod Nano (third generation – 7 years old this Christmas), so I will continue to use it until it stops working, at which point I’ll buy a more ethical replacement. The difficulty will be moving from iTunes to another media player – any recommendations which one to move my music onto?

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