How to reuse non-rechargeable batteries

eco battery wizard charge disposable batteriesI’m loving this week’s Change the World Wednesday Challenge because it really gets you thinking about where you are on your green journey.

Small Footprints has asked us to step up to the eco mark and come up with at least one more way to live green.

As she points out, this is great for newbies because you can jump right in without overwhelm.

But for seasoned greenies, well we have to dig a little deeper.

I’ve got a few projects lined up for the summer months (Little Miss Green finishes school for the summer on Friday).

These include

  • Reclaiming the garden from its weeds
  • Eating up the food in the freezer and defrosting it (I think it’s working VERY hard at the moment as it’s full of ice)
  • Eating up any out of date packets and tins ready for a restock in the autumn to avoid food waste
  • Decluttering the house (when you do this whilst trying to dispose of responsbility it takes longer)
  • Putting another layer of Danish oil on the floorboards (instead of toxic varnish)

The trouble is, none of these are new things for us – they are just things that need doing and we would always try and do them in the greenest way possible anyway.

So coming up with a NEW way to live green is looking quite challenging.

In times like this, I turn to my Robinson-Crusoe Mr Green for inspiration.

And ladies and gents, he hasn’t failed to impress!

Over the past couple of years we have started using rechargeable batteries. However, we have a large collection of disposable batteries waiting to go to the recycling centre – they seem to come in things like remote controls and cameras when you purchase them.

Anyway, I’ve been going on about how we need to declutter and recycle these batteries, and Mr Green has been driving me crazy with this hoarding tendencies.

But once again, it looks like his ‘one day’ stash is actually going to come in useful and I’m going to have to eat humble pie.

He’s ordered an Eco Battery Wizard which not only charges rechargeable batteries, but promises to charge most DISPOSABLE batteries, up to ten times too.

It sounds a little too good to be true, but how can we resist putting it to the test?

If we can squeeze some more juice out of something that is meant to be once-use, I reckon that will satisfy the criteria for finding one more way to live green, don’t you?

Have you ever used one of these gadgets? Did it work for you?


  1. Small Footprints on July 21, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Oh I love this idea and can’t wait to hear how it works out for you! I’m still struggling with my one more thing. But I’ll find it! 🙂

  2. Clare @ on July 24, 2013 at 3:58 am

    This is such a cool idea – do let us know how it goes!