IKEA Will Stop Selling Non-Rechargeable Batteries to Reduce Global Waste

published Oct 4, 2020
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In an effort to reduce our environmental footprint, IKEA will stop selling non-rechargeable batteries by October 2021. The Swedish furniture company announced last week that non-rechargeable alkaline offerings will be removed in stores by next year in an effort to inspire consumers to make the switch to rechargeable ones—a change that would not only save shoppers money, but reduce the waste at home. 

IKEA cited a study that stated the environmental impact of alkaline batteries is higher in comparison to its rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries (NiMH) counterpart in households—ones where energy consumption are considerably higher through the charging of products like toys, flashlights, portable speakers, and etc. It found that after 10 charges of the NiMH rechargeable battery, greenhouse gas emissions were much lower compared to alkaline batteries. 

Most specifically, this sustainable commitment would apply to the furniture brand’s ALKALISK range of alkaline batteries. A press release noted that the lithium ion button cell battery (PLATTBOJ) options will still be available in stores, since there are some IKEA products that actually require a button cell battery to function. 

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“We are on a journey to inspire and enable people to live healthier and more sustainable lives within the boundaries of the planet,” Caroline Reid, sustainability development manager at IKEA Range & Supply, said of the new eco-friendly commitment. “By phasing out alkaline batteries and focusing on our range of rechargeable batteries, we are taking one step on that journey—offering customers an affordable and convenient solution to prolong the life of products and materials and reduce waste.”

Emelie Knoester, business area manager at IKEA Range & Supply, also noted that IKEA sold 300 million alkaline batteries last year alone, so the brand envisions “great potential to inspire our customers to adopt new behaviors and use rechargeable batteries to their full potential.” It’s an admirable commitment—one we’re positively charged up about.