Duracell Batteries

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Spent AA batteries x 3 bound with single rubber Band

Where and how is it used?

Batteries are used in a variety of eletrical appliances - these were used to power Kayla in the MOCC shop and they ran out today, however we are not sure how much Alkaline is left in them.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

we paid 4.99 from Lagmaids Newsagents in Exeter. They came as part of a pack of 8 (the Duracell deal advertised on this pack was buy five get 3 free)

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

Because they are something we have used and now have to think carefully about how we dispose of them

How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service

Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?


Who was paid to make it?

Probably someone in a factory in Belgium

What skills does it take to make it?

engineering, using factory machines

Where was it made?

made in belgium is written on the side of each Battery

What does it cost to make it?

Not answered yet

What is it made from?

1. Alkaline:

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

perhaps a mix? is it Proctor and Gamble who now own duracell?is it Duracell? maybe the shops that sell them?

Who or what assesses its quality?

Quality Control in the duracell factory?

Where is it sold?

all over the world

Who or what sells it?

duracell and high street and local shops

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

probably on a lorry

Where is it used?

in the home, anywhere where a low volt power supply is required.

Where is it kept?

in your pocket, in the draw where you put things like batteries, in the device itself, in its origional packaging until required

How and by whom is it cared for?

the duracell bunny perhaps, anyone who has purchased it

How long will it last?

it states it has a 10 year power preserve, it has a use by date of March 2025, however once in use its life will depend on how much it is used

Where will it go when it's finished with?

it depends who is using it and who disposes of it. there are facilities to recycle batteries , but some people may just throw them in the bin and therefor they will end up in landfill.

What is it worth?

according to the packaging "the price per cell based on recomended retail price of Duracell 4 pack when not on promotion"

How do you and others value this commodity?

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Negative (↓)Sustainability
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Overall Negative-182
Controversy50 (0 = most controversial)

What do these numbers mean?

This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.

Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?

Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.

  • Controversy Score:
    (Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)

    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

  • Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
    (Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued

    Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.

How do you value this commodity?

To add your own values click VALUE THIS COMMODITY and move the sliders left and right to add your own values - then click SUBMIT
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Questions and answers

Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.

Question: How do you dispose of your batteries?



My name is Alice and I’m your commodity consultant for today.

Personally I take my batteries to our local recycling centre (which is just down the road), however, it looks like I am one of the few that do.

“The EUs Batteries Directive requires Member States to collect 30% of the average number of portable batteries placed onto the market over the three years preceding 2013, up from 25% in 2012…

The recycling rate for waste portable batteries has continued to grow from the levels recorded in 2012, when an overall collection rate of 28.34% was achieved, up still from the 18.03% recycling rate recorded in 2011”

Source: UK close to meeting 2013 battery recycling target

The official advice from Duracell is as follows:

“DO – Where possible, recycle your batteries where communities offer recycling or collection programs. You can contact your local government for information about the disposal options in your area...

DON’T – Dispose of large numbers of batteries at one time. Where there are collection programs for used batteries in your area, store used batteries in a non-metal container in a well ventilated area, do not mix the batteries with other items, and bring to the collection facility on a regular basis…

Disposing of All-Purpose & Alkaline Batteries

Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Never dispose of batteries in fire because they could explode. Due to concerns about mercury in the municipal solid waste stream, we have voluntarily eliminated all of the added mercury from our alkaline batteries since 1993, while maintaining the performance you demand. Our alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals—steel, zinc, and manganese—and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal.
It is important not to dispose of large numbers of alkaline batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely dead. Grouping used batteries together can bring these live batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks. Proven cost-effective and environmentally safe recycling processes are not yet universally available for alkaline batteries. Some communities offer recycling or collection of alkaline batteries—contact your local government for disposal practices in your area.

Recycling Batteries with Other Chemistries

Due to the chemicals in them, you should recycle rechargeable, lithium, lithium ion, and zinc air batteries. In addition to “traditional” rechargeable batteries like AAs or AAAs, rechargeable batteries like the ones found in everyday household items such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and power tools should also be recycled. Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries.
Car batteries containing lead should be brought only to waste-management centers, where they can eventually be recycled. Because of the value of battery materials, many auto retailers and service centers will buy back your used car batteries for recycling. As part of our commitment to the preservation of the environment, we help fund the nonprofit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) and its Call2Recycle® program. To find a rechargeable battery recycling location near you, visit www.call2recycle.org.
Some retailers often collect batteries and electronics for recycling.

Packaging Disposal

We encourage you to recycle packaging as well. As part of our commitment to preserve the environment, we use only nontoxic inks in our packaging and the card portion of our package is made from 55% recycled material. The plastic portion is made with 30% recycled plastic. The battery “can” is made with 40% recycled steel to reduce environmental impact while still maintaining strength.”

Source: Battery Care, Use and Disposal

by MoCCconsultant on May 21st at 9:46am

Question: how much pleasure can a battery bring to ones life? does this rating depend on the item requiring the battery?


Hello, my name's Gabrielle and I'm your commodity consultant for today.
What an interesting question- I've been doing some research and thinking about batteries and how/to what degree they provide pleasure...

A bit of battery background to begin...
A battery is something that changes chemical energy into electricity; a place to store energy basically (to find out more, there’s some excellent and easy to understand diagrams here… http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/vss/docs/power/1-what-are-batteries.html). Having done some research, I would certainly say that batteries bring a huge amount of pleasure to one’s life, but pleasure is definitely an individual judgement!

First, let’s start with the typical kind of battery used in the house. The “most compact and reliable source of energy” according to TechnoFAQ (source: http://technofaq.org/posts/2014/12/how-batteries-are-used-in-everyday-life/). In the typical house setting, there’s disposable batteries everywere; from television remotes to play-stations to children’s toys. Just think about the amount that batteries are the desperately searched for object at Christmas! As a child, playing tamagotchi’s in the playground were certainly all the rage. It brings pleasure to entertain one’s life. They provide pleasure for all different kinds of household entertainment- for everything from relaxation to excitement. Though perhaps the many weighing scales that are battery powered (like these- http://www.salterhousewares.co.uk/salter-glass-electronic-digital-bathroom-scale-white.html?gclid=CI39qe3B68wCFQtAGwodN8wEDg) don’t bring quite so much pleasure in the post-christmas or mid-exam chocolate filled period!

Batteries also offer a different kind of ‘pleasure’ with regard to convenience. Car batteries allow us to progress and get places fast. RAC claim it would take six hours of heavy cycling on a bicycle generator to charge a dead car battery (there’s a great diagram here- http://www.racshop.co.uk/car-battery/history-of-the-car-battery.html). So, batteries for things like cars and even emergency service vehicles certainly bring lots of leg, energy and time-saving pleasure!

Batteries can also be life-saving, a different kind, but probably the most important kind of ‘pleasure’! Pacemakers and defibrillators both contain batteries which are responsible for correcting any potentially fatal heart rhythms or beats (source: http://www.medicinenet.com/pacemaker/article.html). But they’re batteries that only last for 5-10 years (source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3431734/Pacemaker-safety-alert-Thousands-patients-risk-infection-battery-life-isn-t-long-enough.html) before their ‘pleasure’ runs out. It’s a kind of pleasure that’s not only determined by its use, but also by time. Batteries in pace-makers and defibrillators might also limit your ability to use a microwave though (you can read more about the risks here- http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/Devices-that-may-Interfere-with-Pacemakers_UCM_302013_Article.jsp). So I suppose it depends on what you measure pleasure by, in terms of time, convenience or deeper life.

Maybe batteries also bring pleasure to our futures- a really fascinating Daily Mail article popped up whilst I was researching this about how Toyota are developing a battery to bring down the cost of electric and hybrid cars. It’s a definite potential ‘pleasure’ for our planet in reducing environmental strain and huge carbon emissions from fossil-fuel cars. (source and original article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2240319/Toyota-offers-hope-battery-bring-cost-electric-cars-make-efficient.html).

So yes, batteries do bring all different kinds of pleasure, and it’s a pleasure that depends on what you desire. They have the potential to save lives, to offer relaxation and to make our lives more convenient. It just depends on what you want and how you value pleasure!
Though, what happens if you misuse a battery? If you ingest its acid? It’s a potential medical emergency (see here- http://www.poison.org/battery/guideline). Probably not quite an activity or pleasure-creating commodity.

So it not only depends on what you want and how you value pleasure, but ultimately, on what you do with the battery…

by MoCCconsultantGabrielle on May 21st at 4:12pm


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