We cannot live without a steady supply of batteries. They've become so ubiquitous that they're now in everything from cars to remote controls to wristwatches to computers and everything in between.
Especially now that almost everything is online, the need to power our everyday gadgets is overwhelming.
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Portable devices that need power are almost always powered by batteries. A wireless world seems to be the future - a world where all our devices are powered by rechargeable batteries.
As more are created, the damage they do to the environment increases rapidly. Who has the most to bear in the end? Let's learn more about the consequences of our daily battery use. Sit tight because this is going to be one heck of a ride.
Battery-related environmental damage
The environmental impact of a AAA battery can be difficult to prove, despite its modest size. Your attitude will be forced to change completely when you realize how many of these items are produced each year and how many end up in landfills.
We refer to electronic waste (e-waste) as the rubbish generated by the disposal of electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops. In the UK, only 15% of mobile phones were recycled. These gadgets wouldn't work without their batteries.
Different materials and shapes are used to make batteries, making them versatile. All of a battery's potentially hazardous chemicals are derived from the raw materials used in its construction.
Cadmium, lead, zinc, manganese and nickel are just some of the metals that go into a battery. These substances pose a major risk to human and global health.
A photochemical reaction occurs when batteries decompose in landfills and poison the air. As a consequence, increased levels of greenhouse gases are emitted. The greenhouse effect causes global warming and climate change.
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As a result of their toxic components, batteries can also affect nearby lakes, rivers and streams by destroying aquatic life. The health of individuals who drink contaminated water is also at risk. The same can be said for eating seafood from contaminated waters.
Instead of being recycled or disposed of properly, batteries end up in landfills. This results in soil contamination. Contaminated batteries pose a serious risk to the environment as they can leak dangerous chemicals into the soil. Once they spread to the surrounding area, the negative effects begin to take hold.
Increases battery life
We must continue to use batteries until we find a better way to store power. We can only do our best to avoid battery-powered gadgets for the time being.
How to save battery power:
Consider using power from the grid, especially if it is generated from renewable sources, if at all possible.
Wind-up radios, dynamo lights on bikes and solar-powered calculators are all examples of renewable energy sources.
Batteries should be replaced by alternatives. For example, children's toys should be battery-free.
Given the society we have established, it will be tough. It's time to realise that batteries are a fundamental part of our everyday lives. You can't get away from them at the moment.
There are two additional ways to help the environment when it comes to battery use.
Toxic compounds remain in the environment even after rechargeable batteries are discarded, so it's best to use rechargeable batteries. Most of them can be recharged up to 1,000 times with proper care. This saves money because you won't use as many as when you use disposable ones.
Because of this, you not only save the environment but also money. The initial cost of rechargeable batteries is higher, but you will save money in the long run because you won't have to replace them as often.
It won't make much difference if only a few people get involved. However, when everyone pitches in, the possibilities are truly limitless.
Here at the Power Aware Community, we strive to spread awareness when it comes to charging your devices. Our glowing cables available in multiple colors will help you get in tune with your charging habits in an innovative way.
Brilliantly designed to remind you when your battery is fully charged so you don't have to check your devices all the time.
Our cables not only help you increase the life of your battery-powered devices, but we also help you dig deep into your own charging habits.
Real change starts from the root. Charging with awareness is a habit that will push you in a better direction. Let's change the world for the better together!
To sum it all up:
The invention of the battery has significantly improved our history. It has been a godsend in more ways than we could have imagined. But the fact remains that they pose a major threat to the ecosystem as well as to our own health.