NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL) wants to do good, and in the process, burnish its image as a company that cares about the environment, especially in China.
The maker of the iPad, and most recently, the Apple Watch, said it will use renewable sources for a larger portion of its energy needs in China and will work with the World Wildlife Fund to help to protect up to 1 million acres of forests in the world's most populous country.
"Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources," Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environmental Initiatives, said in a statement. "We believe we can run on naturally renewable resources and ensure that we protect-and create-as much sustainable working forest as needed to produce the virgin paper in our product packaging. This is an important step toward that goal and our commitment to leave the world better than we found it."
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has been busy working to decrease its environmental footprint, which not only helps lower carbon emissions while getting towards its goal of 100% renewable power for its entire worldwide operations (it's at 87% currently), a responsibility Apple accepts, CEO Tim Cook said.
Apple has come under criticism in recent years for the impact that its factories have on the environment, especially in China. As of 2012, Foxconn, an Apple supplier, had more than 1 million workers on its payroll, making it the world's tenth largest employer.