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Recharging our Future

What’s the environmental impact of non-rechargeable batteries? When they begin to decay, they undergo a series of photochemical reactions, which can release greenhouse gases into the air. The soil can absorb some of their composite materials and the metal can even end up in water supplies, lakes and rivers.

We’ve long been aware that non-rechargeable batteries are harmful to the planet, yet little has been done to phase them out. Until now…

We’re delighted that many leading brands are taking bold steps to phase out non-rechargeable batteries from their manufacturing processes and retailing offerings.

In fact, Ikea has confirmed that it will stop selling non-rechargeable alkaline batteries from its stores by October 2021. This comes after lifecycle assessments found that the environmental impacts of the batteries were much higher than rechargeable alternatives.

South Korea is also unveiling plans this month to lead the world in the rechargeable battery sector, which could instigate a big movement in the right direction. You can read about this here.

Why do we care?

At Digital Detox, sustainability is the beating heart of our business. Everything we do has the environment in mind - the way we work, the products we develop and how we live outside of work. So, we’re always looking for inspiration from leading brands and other companies to unlock new ways of becoming more sustainable.

As a digital agency, we work with clients to help them reduce their digital carbon footprint. Many people don’t realise that our actions online have an environmental cost. This includes the energy providers we choose, the power supply we use, our dependence on Wifi and mobile signals and the way we create user experiences across devices.

This is only some of the story for us though. As a business, we always ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to sustainability. Each member of the DD team is carbon conscious in their personal and professional life - we share a common ethos that’s geared towards helping people and the planet.

Recently we talked about 3 ways in which digital sustainability has already improved our planet. This content piece looked at major changes happening in the digital space across multiple industries.

From cloud computing to electric cars, there’s a lot that has already been done to reduce consumers’ and businesses’ carbon footprints. The effort needs to continue collectively and it needs to cover our personal and professional actions.

What else can be done?

The United Nations has pledged a ‘Decade of Action’ to achieve its set of sustainable development goals. This covers a range of issues and initiatives, one of which is responsible production and consumption.

With rising pressure around the world on governments, businesses and individuals to take action, it’s promising to see steps being taken already.

What is Digital Detox doing?

Whilst we can’t help much with the manufacturing and retailing of non-rechargeable batteries, we’re taking our own action on carbon at DD!

It’s our goal to be carbon neutral within the next five years. Every action we take incorporates sustainability into the approach.

When working with clients, we choose ethical providers of cloud computing, web hosting and other services. Our entire design and development process has been fine-tuned to deliver an efficient and sustainable experience to end-users.

At a personal level, we all take responsibility for our actions to make energy efficiencies wherever possible. This includes simple actions like switching off lights and heating when we don’t need them, removing power sources when our devices are fully charged, using low fidelity viewers for videos and streaming, and even choosing ethical providers for utilities and broadband.

These seemingly simple changes all add up when we do them collectively. The same principle applies to larger businesses, manufacturers and retailers. What may seem like a small step, for example phasing out non-rechargeable batteries, will soon add up to a big impact.

If we all work together and continue making small changes ongoing, we can reduce our carbon footprint, minimise our impact on the planet and aim to combat environmental destruction.

What will YOU do?

About Digital Detox

We’re a digital agency committed to helping clients undergo sustainable digital transformations. Our diverse team spans multiple nationalities and backgrounds, with a diverse skillset and extensive experience.

Whether you need an extra pair of hands on an existing project or full-scale support from inception to delivery, we can help!

Get in touch to find out more about sustainable development and how you can reduce your digital carbon footprint.