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Do you remember the time when rivers and streams used to be clear and inviting or when the air is crisp and fresh instead of being dusty and grey? What has changed?

An Unsuspecting Culprit

A seemingly trivial item, the small household battery is used in almost every electronic item and discarded on a daily basis.

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While a little battery might not seem like a big deal, try estimating the number of dry-cell batteries you and your family throw into the trash each year. Multiply that by all the people you know who has likely used a battery in their lives.

Lost count along the way?

Well, in 2015 alone, it was estimated that over 40 billion dry-cells were disposed of in just a single year.

Now, that’s a whole lot of batteries.

The Unseen
Like all manufactured products, batteries have an impact on the world and our environment even before their life span comes to an end.

Batteries are made with raw, finite, non-renewable resources, while the process of mining and manufacturing them is incredibly energy-intensive. In short, resources used to manufacture these tiny little dry cells; will not only deplete, but also add to our ever-increasing carbon footprint.

Discarded batteries fill up landfills where they take a lifetime to disintegrate. Here, they are often mistaken by animals as food due to their small size. They also crack over time, causing a leak of toxic chemicals that seep into the ground and our water sources.

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These leaks cause a massive environmental effect as animals, water sources and the soil slowly become contaminated. While precaution has been taken to reduce the number of toxic chemicals in batteries, a majority of them still use a small amount of dangerous metals that can be hazardous over time.

Eventually, these toxins will not only harm us but will also negatively impact Mother Earth and the animals. Given enough time, the animal species that we see today may just be a page in history for our future generations.

So then, what can you do to help? Make the switch to rechargeable batteries.

With the sustainability of the environment in mind, rechargeable batteries are the new lifestyle choice of the environmentally conscious consumer to reduce the number of discarded batteries. The eneloop rechargeable batteries by Panasonic can be charged up to 2,100 times! That’s 2,100 times of not having to throw or purchase new batteries!

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Eneloop is built to last. With the ability to endure extreme climates and the ability to retain 70% of its charge for up to 10 years, eneloop not only saves you the hassle of repurchasing batteries, it also significantly reduces your carbon footprint and disposable waste.

Preserving the beauty of Mother Earth for our future generations to enjoy the same species as we do now is something we can all influence. So, let’s “Recharge and Reuse” for the sustainability and preservation of our precious Earth; for our future generations.

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Sources: NEMA, ABRI, Auckland Council, Panasonic Global