Zero waste. Better batteries. Less money. With your help in getting started, earthCell will transform the battery industry, for good. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 14, 2011.
About this project
We want to clean up the battery industry. We are proud to offer superior batteries at a better price, along with the earthCell mailer for super-convenient recycling through us.
Zero waste. Better batteries. Less money. With your help in getting started, earthCell will transform the battery industry, for good.
(N.B. Only for United States residents at this time. Please see below.)
The Problem with the Battery Market
Every year in the US, we throw away about 3 billion batteries. A billion is a big number. If you strung 3 billion batteries end to end, they would wrap around the entire earth 4 times!
Battery waste has been piling up in America’s landfills for over a hundred years. Household batteries contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to all forms of life. When these discarded batteries are exposed to the elements, those chemicals inevitably leak and enter the environment.
This pollution can be entirely avoided by using earthCell batteries.
How earthCell Solves the Problem
earthCell batteries are a new type of battery technology called low self-discharge nickel metal hydride (LSD NiMH). These are some of the best batteries on the market, and are far superior to the regular alkaline batteries that most people buy and throw away. (details below)
They will last longer than almost any battery you've ever used. Then, at the end of the battery's charge, all you do is put them in the prepaid earthCell mailer. When the mailer is full, you drop it in the mail, and we'll take care of them.
When we receive the batteries, we can revitalize them with our specialized infrastructure hundreds of times. If a battery doesn't meet our specification, we then dismantle it and reuse the valuable materials inside to make new batteries.
Why We're Asking for Your Pledge
With your help in placing a large order with our suppliers, earthCell can get started in completely transforming the battery industry from a dirty, once-through industry into a bastion of cradle-to-cradle industrial design. We can do this while giving you a better battery for your money that you can rest assured is completely recycled.
earthCell Battery Performance Details
earthCell batteries significantly outperform big-brand alkaline batteries. They are much higher power, and store more energy. This means they'll last longer in your devices, and you'll have to buy fewer batteries in the long run.
*Comparison is to Duracell Coppertop (TM) and Energizer Max (TM) alkaline batteries.
earthCell Battery Cost Details
earthCell batteries are an amazing value. They offer you more battery for your money. Given that they are also completely recycled, we think choosing earthCell batteries is a no-brainer.
*Competitor's prices based on US average price paid.
earthCell can only cater to United States residents at this time. The earthCell mailer only works through the United States Post Office. We are very much looking forward to expanding into other countries. Please let us know of your interest!
Yes! We will buy carbon offsets for all electricity put into our batteries, meaning that the energy you get from earthCell batteries is totally carbon free. Please contact us for more details if you're interested.
The Low Self Discharge Nickel Metal Hydride chemistry is a relatively new battery chemistry that is superior from a technical and an environmental perspective. These batteries will serve you better than alkaline batteries (the common household battery). Further, when we receive them, we can revitalize them with our specialized infrastructure hundreds of times, vastly decreasing the quantity of materials that need to be mined, reformed, and eventually recycled, and all of the associated environmental costs in doing so.
The added expense to us of using this superior technology is worth it. We believe we can transform the battery industry from a very wasteful, polluting one into a closed, zero-waste industry. All you have to do is make sure that your used batteries make it in the earthCell mailer and get back to us. We'll take it from there!
Yes. If you buy the right LSD NiMH charger, earthCell batteries can be charged at home. We're of the opinion that most people don't want to manage their own battery stock. We've designed earthCell to give this majority of the market an environmentally friendly option.
It's important for any environmentally friendly product to look at the whole picture. There are a very small amount of CO2 emissions associated with shipping batteries to and from earthCell, just as there are when you drive your batteries home from the supermarket. We believe the elimination of your acute chemical battery waste far outweighs these tiny CO2 emissions. To quell any concerns, however, earthCell will buy carbon offsets for all shipping, making recycling your batteries through the mail carbon neutral! Please contact us for more details if you're interested.
Pledge $1 or more
Not ready to receive any batteries? Pledging a dollar will serve as your vote of confidence that what we're trying to do is a good thing. In return you get a huge thank you on our website!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $6 or more
1 AA and 1 AAA earthCell battery from the first earthCell battery run (run "alpha"). Help us out and own a little piece of battery history!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $13 or more
4 AA and 4 AAA earthCell batteries and the prepaid earthCell mailer for recycling earthCell batteries. Includes S&H.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $14 or more
10 AAA earthCell batteries and the prepaid earthCell mailer for recycling earthCell batteries. Includes S&H.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $17 or more
10 AA earthCell batteries and the prepaid earthCell mailer for recycling earthCell batteries. Includes S&H.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $29 or more
10 AA and 10 AAA earthCell batteries and the prepaid earthCell mailer for recycling earthCell batteries. This level is perfect for the household. Includes S&H.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $45 or more
10 AA and 10 AAA earthCell batteries and the prepaid earthCell mailer for recycling earthCell batteries. Also, two beautiful earthCell bamboo trays for organizing your fresh batteries, one for AAs and one for AAAs. Includes S&H.Estimated delivery:
- (40 days)