I’m doing what I can, with what I’ve got.
Every time I travel, I come back to find a handful of questions in my inbox.
How do you afford to travel all the time?
What do you do for work?
Are you ever home?
So, hi hello I’m Belinda Foreman and I work at a battery recycling company.
If you or your organization needs batteries recycled, I’m your girl.
I travel to trade shows & conferences to assist with zero waste initiatives, keep clients in compliance according to their state regulations & raise awareness to the actual cost of making batteries and the alternative solutions available today.
Did you know, all batteries can be recycled? Those itty bitty ones all the way up to the massive 800 lb. back up babies in the basements of stadiums and HQ offices that your average citizen never sees.
Did you know, that AA alkaline battery in the back of your remote control can be crushed down to it’s natural components, part of which being a zinc-manganese concentrate that is used for fertilizing the corn fields you drive by every day? However, if that same battery ends up in your trash can and heads to the landfill it will start to erode and those chemicals will leach into the soil - ending up in your ground water, and up your pipes and out your shower head for you to clean your scalp with your $25 sulfate free, organic shampoo.
Did you know, the lithium ion battery in the back of the phone you’re holding right now contains cobalt? 60% of the world’s cobalt is mined in Congo, Africa. A country that has been plundered and taken advantage of for over a century. This mineral is mined by men, women and children - all by hand, with zero equipment or safety precautions. However, if you recycle that battery - the metals can be melted down and the cobalt can be extracted and be put back into the production of new batteries.
Did you know, we only have this one Earth and that our routine every day purchases have a much bigger impact than less money in your wallet? According to the Global Footprint Network, if everyone in the world consumed as much as the average American, we would need four Earths to sustain them. FOUR.