We're committed to doing our part to reduce the environmental impact of the work we do.
To that end, we've taken a three-pronged approach: using rechargeable batteries in our metal detector rentals and magnetic locator rentals, investing in carbon offsets to counter the CO2 we generate on a day-to-day basis, and committing one-third of our profits to planting trees (and planting roots) in the communities where we work and live.
We replace the batteries in our rental equipment every day. From an economic standpoint, that adds up to thousands of dollars per year. In 2019, we switched to rechargeable batteries as a cost-saving measure. But in doing so, we're saving more than money.
Standard alkaline batteries are meant to be used once and thrown into the trash. Once in a landfill, they can release harmful metals into the environment. At our replacement rate, switching to rechargeable batteries has reduced our battery consumption by 98%.
Rechargeable batteries can be used about 2000 times before needing replacement. That means they have an effective service life of 2-3 years. That's a 99.9% improvement over the service life of disposable batteries.
And when they can charge no more, we recycle our rechargeable batteries. This process separates the battery's chemical components, and prepares them for use in new products.
Our Field Team members do a lot of driving. Delivering rentals to our customers and picking them up generates at least one ton of CO2 per location.
To counter this, we purchase carbon offsets for each ton of carbon that our operations create. These offsets fund renewable energy and ecology projects throughout the United States.
We care about creating a business that gives back, not only to our employees and communities, but to nature, too. That’s why we’re thrilled to share that we’re partnering with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every rental purchased.
Trees clean our air and water, and create habitats for wildlife. They contribute to our health and well-being, and create jobs for social impact. We’re honored to have reforestation through One Tree Planted as an integral part of our business model.
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