A few months ago, we published a blog post explaining our desire that you buy fewer batteries. Such a goal might not seem to make sense to a company whose bottom-line depends on battery sales. But the way we see it, our customers buying fewer batteries benefits all of us in the long run. It boils down to waste. When you stop and think about it logically, waste just makes no sense.
It is not that we want you to buy fewer batteries because you stop using them. Rather, we hope to see you replace your disposable alkaline batteries with USB rechargeable batteries made with lithium-ion technology. Better yet, buy our rechargeable batteries and make us very happy.
Trading in disposable alkaline batteries for rechargeable batteries ultimately results in you buying fewer units over time. And where waste is concerned, this is big. For each one lithium-ion rechargeable you purchase, you could keep up to 1,000 alkaline batteries out of the trash. That is how you cut down on waste.
If none of this resonates with you, consider things from a different angle. Here are five reasons that waste makes no sense:
1. Waste Equals Money Lost
It matters not what kind of waste you're talking about – be it food waste, energy waste, or letting the water run unnecessarily – waste equals money lost. Every time you use paper cups and plates instead of reusable items, you are throwing money in the trash. An entire life spent using paper products will cost you a whole lot more than using dishes you can wash. The same is true with batteries.
2. Waste Is Inefficient
Next up, producing an excess amount of waste reduces the efficiency of everything from manufacturing to waste disposal. It is a simple algebraic equation. The more waste we produce, the more resources we have to put into producing replacements for those things we are throwing away. This is terribly inefficient. Why keep making alkaline batteries with relatively short lives just to throw them away and make more?
3. Waste Promotes Carelessness
Have you ever heard modern culture referred to as 'throwaway culture'? This is no accident. Just drive through any suburban American neighborhood on trash day and marvel at what people throw away. It's amazing. All of that throwing away is the direct result of carelessness. We are careless about what we buy; we are careless about how we use what we buy; we are careless about our budgets. It is just too easy to throw things away.
4. Waste Promotes a Lack of Appreciation
The ease at which we can buy disposable products and throw them away promotes a lack of appreciation about what we have. Most of us never give a thought as to where the next meal is coming from. We do not think about how much uneaten food is thrown away when we go out for dinner. Most of the waste we produce is considered a valuable commodity in some parts of the world.
5. Most Waste Is Unnecessary
The laws of nature dictate that a certain amount of waste is unavoidable. But from the consumer's angle, most waste is completely unnecessary. We don't have to take our coffee in paper or foam cups that get thrown out immediately after use. We can use ceramic mugs. The same goes for batteries. With rechargeable battery technology as advanced as it is, there is no need to buy or produce disposable alkaline batteries anymore.
One of our goals here at Pale Blue Earth is to help reduce waste. If we can do our part by encouraging you to buy fewer batteries, that's what we will do.
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