Zero-Waste Batteries Soon A Reality?

Zero waste. Better batteries. Less money. That’s what earthCell has a plan for, and — with a little help from you, via Kickstarter — perhaps even the cash to make it a reality.

Currently, enough dead batteries enter the nation’s landfills each year to circle the Earth four times laid end to end. The solution, of course, is a little something called recycling, but current battery technology (not to mention a lack of collection sites) makes doing right in this arena harder than it should be in most parts of the country. Enter the earthCell, a low self-discharge nickel metal hydride (LSD NiMH) battery said to last the pants off your average alkaline battery (leaving the Energizer bunny in the dust).

earthCell batteries and tray

image via Kickstarter/earthCell

When your earthCell batteries reach the end of their natural lives, simply drop them in the prepaid earthCell mailer.  When that mailer is full, you can drop it in the mail back to earthCell, which will revitalize those batteries via their specialized tech. When they have been revitalized and reused hundreds of times, and finally given up the ghost — or if it’s been damaged somehow, or doesn’t meet spec — the company dismantles it and reuses the valuable materials inside to make shiny new batteries to further power your gadgets and gizmos.

If all of this sounds good to you, you’re not alone, as the earthCell project, as of when this story was published, had  already met its $17,000 pledge goal with two full weeks still left. A pledge of $6.00 or more will get you batteries; $13 or more includes the prepaid mailer, while $45.00 or more will get you a 10 AA and 10 AAA batteries, mailers, and two handsome bamboo trays for keeping all those batteries organized.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.