|In addition to its superiority to existing battery technology, Vendum Battery Inc.’s paper battery will be environmentally friendly, designed to use none of the common elements typical of the batteries on the market today. It will contain none of the mercury, lead, chromium, cadmium or other dangerous heavy metals that are found in today’s common batteries, and no ozone depleting solvents will be used in its production.
As a result, there will be no damage to the environment from the use of this battery through landfill waste, as more than 90 percent of the Vendum paper battery will be made up of cellulose, the same plant cells used in newsprint, loose leaf paper, lunch bags, and nearly every other type of paper.
Reducing landfill is a major aim of governments: Driven by EU rules and targets, local authorities have to reduce the amount of waste going into the ground, and widespread use of Vendum batteries will assist all stakeholders in this mission. It will also be REACH compliant. REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006) and deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. The new law entered into force on 1 June 2007.
Around 600 million UK household batteries (22,000 tonnes) – the equivalent weight of 110 Jumbo Jets – are sent to landfills unnecessarily every year.