Rechargable Batteries

Products that operate on battery power should be designed to use rechargeable batteries, and where possible the batteries and a charger should be supplied with the product to discourage the use of disposal batteries.

Pros: Reduced embodied energy over product lifetime. Reduced quantity of batteries going to landfill. Reduced use of heavy metals
Cons: Supplying chargers with all products may lead to excessive production of chargers
Pros: Added product value
Cons: Increased production costs
Pros: Increased convenience. Improved public health due to reduction in heavy metals leaking into environment. Reduced lifecycle cost of product
Cons: Increased initial product cost