Every day, Tandem insulin pump users are doing their part to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Having chosen the only rechargeable insulin pumps on the market, our customers have kept an estimated 2,327,595 disposable batteries out of landfills since the first t:slim Pump shipped in 2012.1 Nice work!
Rechargeable batteries have a much smaller environmental footprint thanks to their reusability. Not only do they last longer over time, but also – thanks to trade-in programs for the high-tech devices that use these batteries – the heavy metals find their way into landfills less often than their disposable counterparts.
At Tandem we also have several ongoing recycling programs where we work with vendors who specialize in each particular waste material.
Instead of contributing to the problem, the good news is that we can all make a difference right now by replacing single-use batteries with the recyclable, rechargeable kind. By using rechargeable batteries, you not only save money, but also ensure that fewer batteries get into landfills.
In honor of Earth Day in 2016, we asked 1,456 of our customers how and when they preferred to recharge their pumps.
1Estimation since Aug 31, 2012 as of April, 1 2018, assuming 20-day battery life of disposable batteries when used in other insulin pumps. Data on file.