Last night, Apple presented that the Apple Watch is the first product to be Carbon Neutral, with minimal environmental impact on both the product and manufacturing process. This change also affects the Apple Watch products that are designed in collaboration with partners.
Previously, Apple Watch Hermès removed the product from their website, but in reality, they simply changed all the watch straps. This was done to reduce the environmental impact of the production process (on Apple’s scale). Hermès introduced a variety of new materials for the straps, such as the Toile H strap, which is a checkered pattern made from canvas fabric, the Kilim sport strap made from rubber, the Bridon strap made from hand-woven fabric, and the Twill Jump strap made from woven nylon.
As for the Apple Watch Nike, they also changed to new strap designs using recycled materials from previous watch straps. The Nike Sport Band contains at least 32% fluororelastomer rubber and at least 66% of the flakes with pattern uses fluororelastomer rubber. Meanwhile, the Nike Sport Loop uses at least 68% recycled yarn as a component, reducing the amount of new yarn and plastic by more than 3 tons.
TLDR: Apple has made the Apple Watch Carbon Neutral and has collaborated with partners to create environmentally friendly designs for their Hermès and Nike editions. They have introduced new strap materials that are more sustainable and have reduced the use of new yarn and plastic in the production process.