Home furnishing giant Ikea will remove all non-rechargeable alkaline batteries from its global home furnishing range by October 2021, according to a Wednesday statement from the company. Aiming to reduce energy consumption and environmental waste with the move, Ikea cited the results of recent Life Cycle Assessment studies showing the environmental impact of alkaline batteries is higher compared to rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries when used in common household devices.
“We are on a journey to inspire and enable people to live healthier and more sustainable lives within the boundaries of the planet…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,” said Ikea Sustainability Development Manager Caroline Reid.
The company said between September 2018 and August 2019 it sold about 300 million alkaline batteries globally. Ikea calculates that if all of its customers switched from alkaline to rechargeable batteries and recharged them just 50 times, global waste could be reduced by as much as 5,000 tons on an annual basis.
Ikea added, however, that where required for an individual product to function, some lithium ion button cell batteries will be kept in the product range.