IKEA’s has announced that all non-rechargeable alkaline batteries will be removed from its global home furnishing range by October 2021.
The Swedish retailer’s decision to remove non-rechargeable alkaline batteries from sale is based on evidence from several current comparative Life Cycle Assessment studies. These show that the environmental impact of alkaline batteries is higher compared to rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries (NiMH) when used in common household devices that have a high energy consumption, and are therefore charged on a regular basis – such as toys, flashlights, portable speakers or cameras.
According to Life Cycle Assessment studies, after ten charges of a rechargeable NiHM battery, such as the LADDA range sold in IKEA stores, greenhouse gas emissions are lower compared to using alkaline batteries to obtain the same amount of energy. When approximately 50 charges are reached, the overall environmental impact of NiMH batteries is equal or even less than the impact of using alkaline batteries.
Emelie Knoester, Business Area Manager at IKEA Range & Supply, said: “Consumers who need to frequently use batteries can benefit by replacing alkaline with rechargeable batteries. There are substantial savings to be made over time – both for the environment as well as our customers’ wallets. IKEA globally sold about 300 million alkaline batteries last year, so we see great potential to inspire our customers to adopt new behaviours and use rechargeable batteries to their full potential.”
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