Apple announced the opening of a new materials recovery lab in Texas and upgrades to its Daisy robot, another effort in its goal toward eliminating the need to mine new materials from the earth.

Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives discussed the news in an interview with Business Insider.

It's an initiative that requires Apple to re-think many critical elements of its product life cycle, from supply chain logistics to what happens to worn-down devices that are no longer fit for use.

"It's meant to sort of put a North Star out there for all of us within the company to follow."

Now, two years after Apple pledged its commitment to that objective, the company is taking another step toward that milestone under Jackson's leadership.

Apple announced on Thursday that it will open a new materials recovery lab in Austin, Texas to further boost its efforts around sourcing materials from discarded products.

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