The impact of battery-operated tools on our health and environment

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a shocking 99% of the global population is affected by unhealthy air. Added to that, research shows that noise pollution is now linked to increased risks of heart disease, stroke and dementia.

These alarming statistics underscore the urgent need for both businesses and individuals to take action to mitigate pollution and safeguard our health and the environment.

With World Environment Day on 5 June as a timely reminder, Pieter Smuts, managing director of Husqvarna South Africa, says the choices we make today directly impact our planet’s future and future generations’ well-being. “That’s why Husqvarna South Africa is dedicated to promoting sustainability and driving the transition to greener energy, continuously improving its product offerings to meet the evolving needs of environmentally conscious consumers.

“Through our battery-operated products, for example, we aim to provide quality tools that help our customers reduce their carbon footprint, minimise power consumption and protect their health and the environment,” he states.

However, saying that ‘battery is better’ is one thing, but the proof really is in the pudding. Smuts offers just one example of how a battery-operated chainsaw provides a variety of benefits for both individuals and the environment:

  • Zero emissions – Operating without emitting harmful gases, battery-operated chainsaws help preserve air quality and reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional petrol tools.
  • Reduced noise – By running quietly, the chainsaw no longer contributes to noise pollution in residential and commercial areas.
  • Energy efficiency – Balancing top-notch performance with energy thriftiness, chainsaws maximise productivity while minimising energy consumption.
  • Healthier – Reduced vibration and physical strain associated with battery-operated chainsaws contribute to a healthier, more comfortable user experience, promoting overall health and well-being.
  • Longer runtime – Many battery-operated products can offer up to 10 hours between charges, ensuring prolonged and uninterrupted work sessions and reducing the need for frequent breaks and recharging.
  • Cost-effective – Lower operating costs and maintenance needs make them a wise and economical long-term investment for individuals and businesses alike.

“Small actions, when multiplied by millions of individuals, can make a significant difference,” emphasises Smuts. He encourages adopting eco-friendly practices like investing in battery-operated tools and energy-efficient appliances.

Additionally, he advises individuals to incorporate these simple yet impactful steps into their daily routines:

  • Minimising waste by recycling.
  • Reusing materials.
  • Conserving water by fixing leaks and using water-saving appliances.
  • Supporting eco-friendly businesses that prioritise sustainability in their practices.

“These efforts collectively contribute to a greener environment. Environmentalism isn’t about dramatic changes, it’s about prioritising eco-friendly solutions and adopting consistent habits,” Smuts states.

“By investing in sustainable alternatives today and embracing greener living as a way of life, not just a trend, that’s when we’ll witness transformative change for our planet. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in safeguarding our environment for current and future generations.”

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