Using rechargeable batteries
Using rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries helps the environment in several ways. As an added bonus, using rechargeable batteries can save you a lot of money.
Rechargeable batteries cause much less harm to the environment compared to disposable batteries.
Most disposable batteries are alkaline and contain mercury, which can pollute the environment. In addition, it can be difficult to find a place to recycle them.
Rechargeable batteries offer many environmental benefits over disposable batteries. One study identified the following benefits in the production of rechargeable batteries:
- reduced impact on nonrenewable resources
- reduced impact on global warming
- reduced impact on air pollution (ozone)
- reduced impact on air acidification
- reduced impact on water pollution
Using rechargeable batteries also means far less waste is produced, and the new rechargeable batteries contain much lower amounts of heavy metals than their predecessors. In addition, it means energy savings in transportation and a reduction in energy and resources required for packaging.
To get the most out of your rechargeable batteries, avoid overcharging them, don’t use them in excessive heat or direct sunlight, and try marking them so you can make sure they get equal wear. When rechargeable batteries won’t hold a charge anymore, they can be recycled.
Overall, rechargeable batteries are much better for the environment than disposable ones, and they can save you thousands of dollars over the years if you are a heavy battery user.