STRIVING TO IMPROVE DIEHARD ® BATTERIES Advance’s 2019 acquisition of the DieHard brand is standing even taller in the marketplace thanks to the strategic partnership we have with Clarios, our strategic battery manufacturing partner. DieHard already is America’s most trusted auto battery. It is reliable, durable and powerful, and it also stands for innovation and plays an important role in our environmental sustainability programs. In fact, DieHard’s AGM batteries recently received formal recognition from UL on being the first automotive battery to achieve one of their distinguished validations within the circularity or “closed-loop” space. During the validation process, UL determined that 94 percent of the materials in new batteries are from batteries collected at Advance and Carquest retail stores, significantly reducing the environmental impact and resources needed to manufacture new plastics or mine for virgin lead. Simply put, this means that new DieHard batteries come from old batteries. PUTTING UNWANTED AUTO PARTS TO GOOD USE Another way Advance diverts unwanted auto parts from landfills is through its ongoing partnership with Good360. The nonprofit serves as a link between socially responsible retailers like us and a network of thousands of vetted nonprofit organizations, providing them with highly needed unused or discarded goods they otherwise could not access. In our case, Good360 manages 62 such individual nonprofit partnerships on our behalf. One of many examples is a monthly product distribution event arranged by Good360 in Indiana. In partnership with the Indiana Association of Transportation Technology Instructors (IATTI), automotive school programs targeting vulnerable populations have access to donated automotive products to supplement their curriculums. In this way, our donations go to organizations that train future generations of auto mechanics, among other things. It’s our way of giving a ‘hand-up’ to those interested in careers in the automotive field.
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WORKING WITH THE RESPONSIBLE BATTERY COALITION
As a founding member of the Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC), we are committed to advancing the best practices for managing all batteries from production to recycling. Working with the RBC supports our goals of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions while promoting increased recycling and recovery of battery materials. As batteries become a larger part of our daily lives, Advance works with RBC to support its 2 Million Battery Challenge, a campaign to drive awareness of the recyclability of lead-acid batteries and incentivize consumers to return used batteries to participating stores. The campaign also supports battery recovery efforts in some of Alaska’s most remote communities, where the RBC and its partners in the Backhaul Alaska program recovered and recycled more than 100,000 pounds of spent vehicle and equipment batteries in 2021.
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