We’ve already talked about how the military has an unfortunate need for bigger, better, heavier and more efficient batteries to keep our troops’ equipment running, but what about the rest of us?

If you’ve been around on Christmas morning in any capacity, you know that without AA and AAA batteries in the stockings, a lot of the toys kids receive will be unusable.

Batteries are a staple of our electronic society, and even more so as we increasingly become a society dominated by the Internet of Things (IoT)–connected devices that assist our schedules, our communications, even our fitness and utilities.

With more devices comes a greater need for batteries to power them. But while manufacturers have worked to supply the demand for mobile power, there’s a greater problem that seems to be building–in our landfills.

Many batteries, including the popular types we all use to power small electronic devices, are disposable–and dispose of them we do!

According to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power radios, toys, cellular phones, watches, laptop computers, and portable power tools.

To make those batteries, manufacturers need to mine for lead–a harmful element–and that lead eventually ends up in landfills.

According to a report by GreenIt.net, global demand for primary and secondary batteries was growing by 6.5 percent annually… TEN YEARS AGO! The demand is much greater now, as is the environmental impact.

While batteries are convenient and seem to be a simple solution for portable power needs, they’re not sustainable to our planet. So what’s the solution?

Enter WigL, a new wireless technology that sends smart, targeted power through the air to waiting devices. With WigL, the expanding electronics market finally has an option that doesn’t involve buying and throwing away billions of batteries annually. Instead, devices are constantly supplied electricity through the air, and longer-lasting internal batteries are replenished.

Based on science that first emerged when Tesla and Edison were competing for electric supremacy, WigL has the ability to increase the convenience, efficiency and, best of all, sustainability of virtually any electronic device.

If you want to see WigL revolutionize the world, share this article in your social media networks! Let’s get people talking about a battery-free world!