IKEA will stop selling disposable batteries

IKEA refuses to sell alkaline batteries that cannot be recharged. The company notes that this initiative will reduce waste by 5,000 tons per year.

IKEA stores will stop selling non-rechargeable alkaline batteries by 2021. This is how the company strives to reduce energy consumption and the amount of environmental waste. IKEA noted that, according to their internal research, the environmental impact of alkaline batteries is higher when compared to rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries when used in household appliances.

“We are on a journey to inspire people and enable them to live healthier and more sustainable lives on our planet,” said Caroline Reed, Ikea’s sustainability manager. “By phasing out alkaline batteries and focusing on our range of rechargeable batteries, we are taking this one step further by offering customers an affordable and convenient solution to extend the life of products and materials and reduce waste.”

The Swedish company said it sold around 300 million alkaline batteries worldwide between September 2018 and August 2019. Ikea estimates that if all of their customers switched from alkaline to rechargeable batteries and recharged them just 50 times, the world’s waste could be reduced by 5,000 tons per year.

However, Ikea added that where it is necessary for a separate product to function, some lithium-ion batteries will be kept in stock.