Perfpower Go Green, Aa Alkaline Battery, 48-Pack, 48-Count
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- Independently tested to ensure quality performance
- Made from 100-Percent recycled materials to reduce waste
- Contains no Lead, Cadmium, or Mercury toxins
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Go Green AA Alkaline 48 Pack is a value pack designed for all your AA battery needs. Independently certified to perform like the more expensive brands and contains no heavy metals like Lead, Cadmium, or Mercury. Made from recycled materials, Go Green also will pay you for recycling your spend batteries. Log onto IRECYCLED.com for more information.
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The company says these are recyclable and I believe that. They also offer free recycling but the rub is you have to have 72 batteries first. That means you can't freely recycle these via their site until you buy more and save these up. It's still good I suppose but you don't necessarily know that. I'm sure it mitigates some cost for them to have it so.
This product has some deceptive claims. First the recycling is free only if you get "75" points based on your purchase. This package only has 48 points, so you'll need to buy two to recycle the product. They don't mention that on the box.
They also mention on the box, and the site that they are "VetCanDo" and state they are "working with veterans and other companies to hire veterans and bring manufacturing from offshore back to the USA." However, the product is made in China.
I don't know how long they'll last, but the deception in packaging makes me unlikely to purchase another pack.
I will now saddle up my High Horse.
Did you ever see on the back of an aerosol can "No CFCs." They fail to mention that CFCs were banned decades ago in the US. But you think buying that can is good for the environment. That's one of the many ways that companies differentiate themselves falsely from their competition. It's taking advantage of peoples good nature, ignorance, and affection for symbolic gestures. With that in mind, let's take a look at these GoGreen batteries.
I hate to burst the bubble of all those well meaning individuals that give these batteries such a glowing review because they're GREEN. GREEN, I tell ya! But here I go.
Let's compare theses with Duracell and Rayovac, the 2 most popular brands. Since they have virtually identical specs, we'll group them together as OG (Other Guys). GoGreen will be GG.
Mercury Free..............Yes............Yes (for 20 years)
Lead Free..................Yes............Yes (lead acid(car) batteries have lead)
Cadmium Free............Yes............Yes (They're not Ni-Cads!)
Made in USA...............Yes............Yes
Recyclable..................Yes............Yes (Sort of. See below.)
Shelf Life....................6??............10 (GG just says best by 2021)
Word GREEN on label ..Yes............NO
If you don't have that flagpin on, you don't love America. GoGreen supports VetsCanDo. A quick glance at their website and they don't seem to do much. It was last updated 3 years ago.
As for recycling, there just isn't much in an alkaline battery worth recycling. It's not the same as recycling single ingredient items like aluminum cans. They point out in their copy that nothing in the batteries is harmful to the environment. And they also state on their website that sending the batteries in has a carbon footprint. Sorting, transporting, separating and cleaning the different materials all have a carbon footprint. It may actually be worse for the environment.
Marketing strategies like this may be common, but that doesn't make it acceptable. GoGreen batteries merit a 'Dishonorable Discharge'.
I handed these to my son and sent him to replace the batteries in his Leap Pad. Then we spent a day in a hospital waiting room. Although he wasn't on the Leap Pad all day, he did use it extensively. And these batteries didn't falter at all.
We typically use Amazon Basics batteries, unless we find a good price on bulk purchases of Energizer or Duracell. How will these compare in the long run? I don't know. But, we're satisfied so far with the performance. I will say that we currently do not use a digital camera that utilizes AA batteries, so I don't know how they'd operate in something like that.
So, recyclable? Yes, that's always a plus. But, there's a catch on this. You can't just pop them in with the rest of your recycling. You have to save up until you have enough (two of these packages) and send them to this company for recycling. So, be prepared to have a separate storage container for these batteries, saving them up for recycling.
Are they really good for the environment? Who knows! I'm not qualified to tell you that. I'm only qualified to report on how they work for me. So far, they work well. Long-term, I do not know how they'll compare to our standard batteries. At the price currently listed, they are a little more than the Amazon Basics batteries we usually buy, but they're still a good price. Worth paying a little more for a product that truly do fit the recycling bill and work at least almost as well as the Amazon Basics.
Bottom Line: Will I buy them when our review package is used up? I've yet to determine. But, they're definitely worth the consideration.