As gadget lovers, most of us probably have used a lot of batteries in our lives. Most batteries are harmful to the environment – and people, plants, and animals – because they contain the heavy metals mercury and cadmium. In Greensboro, our waste management department requires that used batteries be taken to our hazardous materials collection center for disposal. I’ll bet that many people in my area either don’t know about this, or don’t care, and just dump batteries in the garbage. Fuji has been working for years to develop batteries that let us power our devices without causing undue damage to the environment. Twenty years ago, they developed mercury-free batteries. Now, Fuji EnviroMAX alkaline batteries are cadmium-free and can be disposed in normal waste management systems. Fuji has also eliminated ozone-depleting compounds from the manufacturing process for EnviroMAX batteries. The batteries are even packaged in recycled paper and recyclable P.E.T. plastic. Fuji says “EnviroMAX batteries equal, and most often exceed the performance and longevity of equivalent major brands”, and at no extra cost. You can buy Fuji EnviroMAX digital alkaline batteries (blue caps) and super alkaline (green) batteries at Amazon.com currently, and they should soon be appearing at major retailers nationwide. A 4-pack of the digital alkaline AA or AAA are about $10.50, and the super alkalines are about $9.00 for a 4-pack of AA or AAA or 2-packs of C and 9V batteries.