How Current Batteries Impact the Environment
Standard consumer batteries, such as AA, AAA and, 9-volt batteries, contain heavy metals and other toxic chemicals that harshly impact the environment. When thrown away, most batteries end up in landfills.
Eventually, these batteries degrade causing the liquid chemicals inside to seep into the soil and harm the surrounding ecosystem. These chemicals are highly flammable compounds and are made up of toxins like mercury and cadmium. By entering the environment, these toxic chemicals can even make their way into our drinking water! Furthermore, the flammability of the waste can even cause landfill fires further harming the environment and surrounding communities.
By using non-toxic and biodegradable materials, Disolv is hoping to solve this problem by allowing batteries to decrease its impact on the environment. By implementing this technology, Disolv hopes to be a contributing factor in preserving the environment for generations to come.
As batteries become more essential everyday, the main component in batteries, lithium, increases in demand.
Similar to the fossil fuel collection process, lithium is mined by drilling deep into the Earth and having the element extracted from minerals. Although used to create clean power sources, the process of lithium mining negatively affects the surrounding environment. In Salar de Hombre Muerto, a mining area in Argentina, lithium mining has caused harmful toxins to leak into the surrounding water sources contaminating crops and causing villages to starve.
On top of that, lithium mining also uses large amounts of water further depleting the world’s water source. Almost 500,000 gallons of water are used to extract 1 metric ton of lithium as per the IER. This impact on the world’s water supply will only exponentiate unless something is done about the usage of lithium in batteries.