About 3,000,000,000 (yes, 3 billion) single-use, disposable batteries are sold in the U.S. every year. Most end up in landfills!
One way you can reduce this number is to use rechargeable batteries. Once rechargeable batteries have lost their charge, they can be recharged with a battery charger. A battery charger reverses the negative-to-positive electron flow that occurs during the battery’s use, restoring power to the battery. You can reuse a rechargeable battery 400 to 1,000 times. That means you save 400 to 1,000 disposable batteries for every rechargeable.
In related news, Energizer just announced that it is manufacturing rechargeable AA and AAA batteries which have recycled content made from worn-out hybrid car batteries. The recycled-content percentage is just 4% for now. In a March 1, 2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch online post, Nadia Kowalczyk, Energizer’s senior director for batteries and portable lights, was quoted as saying, “Energizer is working toward all its batteries containing some amount of recycled battery material.”
Regardless of which brand you choose, make your next battery purchased a rechargeable one!
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