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15-06-2011 Charge it, Don't Bin it!

The lifespan of disposable AA and AAA batteries can now be recharged, thanks to Canadian distributor and retailer RONA. Their alkaline battery charger is a first in its field as it’s capable of recharging regular disposable batteries as opposed to batteries specifically designed for recharging. The product, analysed by the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment at École Polytechnique de Montréal, can recharge batteries in 90 minutes. The same battery can be charged up to 200 times, raising the average life expectancy of a battery from eight hours to 1,600 hours, according to RONA. The charger also introduces a great monetary saving. The energy of 200 batteries that would normally cost $1296 will now set you back a suggested $59.99 for the charger. This is surely an eco trend in the making.

Next trends: 'Eco Trend: Energy Saving Monitors', 'Energy from your Balcony'

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