Don’t Create Loads of New Electronic Waste

Target: Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook

Goal: Don’t force consumers to throw out their normal headphones by giving the new iPhone a non-standard headphone jack.

Mountains of e-waste could be created if the rumors that the iPhone 7 will have a new, non-standard headphone jack that doesn’t work with normal headphones are true. In order to privately listen to music or sound on their new phones, consumers will have to buy expensive new headphones produced or supported by Apple. Then these consumers will likely throw out their old headphones, seeing as 90 percent of the world’s unwanted electronics is illegally dumped or traded.

It would not be at all surprising if these rumors are true since Apple has pulled this kind of thing before. It did the same thing with the iPod dock connector, swapping out the old standardized one for a new one that forced consumers to buy new cables if they wanted to charge their device. The old charges were thrown out, making new piles of trash in an already trash-covered world.

Considering the current state of the Earth, we cannot afford to create any more garbage. Electronic waste is hard to recycle or otherwise get rid of, and creating more of it for the sake of corporate profits is exactly what environmentally conscious consumers need to stand up against. Sign our petition to demand that the iPhone 7 comes with a standard headphone jack.


Dear Mr. Cook,

Rumors have surfaced saying that the new iPhone 7 will come with a non-standard headphone jack that will only work with a specific type of headphone either produced by your company or an associated company. Not only is this a clear ploy to squeeze more money out of consumers, it’s a plan that will inevitably create tons of new electronic waste as people throw their old, useless headphones away.

This rumor is entirely believable seeing as Apple created a new non-standard dock connector in one of its newer iPod models, rendering people’s old charger cords worthless. This also created mountains of new e-waste, which is difficult to recycle. However, if the rumors are true, there’s still time to correct an impending mistake.

Consumers these days are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, especially the young people who tend to purchase your products. We are aware of the damage that unrelenting mounds of trash are doing to our planet, and we’re not going to stand for it. We demand that you refrain from contributing to more of the world’s massive amounts of waste in an attempt to make more profits. Don’t change the headphone jack in the new iPhone.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Miller, Gary

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