// Ikea to end the sale of single-use alkaline batteries by October next year
// It will pledge to sell rechargeable batteries, alongside lithium ion button cell batteries for products requiring them
This winter will be the last festive season shoppers can buy non-rechargeable batteries from Ikea for the of toys, games and devices expected to be littered throughout homes.
The furniture retailer said it would only sell rechargeable batteries and end the sale of single-use alkaline batteries by October next year.
Bosses revealed they sold 300 million batteries worldwide – including 1.2 million in the UK and Ireland – last year, and said the shift would stop 5000 tons ending up being thrown away.
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The Swedish retailer said the decision was taken to “inspire and enable people to live a healthier and more sustainable life at home”.
Bosses said they made the call after seeing Life Cycle Assessment studies showing the environmental impact of alkaline batteries is higher compared to rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries (NiMH) when used in high-energy products like toys, flashlights, portable speakers or cameras.
According to Life Cycle Assessment studies, after 10 charges of a rechargeable NiMH battery, 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, it added.
“Consumers who need to frequently use batteries can benefit by replacing alkaline with rechargeable batteries,” Ikea Range & Supply business area manager Emelie Knoester said.
“There are substantial savings to be made over time – both for the environment as well as our customers’ wallets.”
Ikea sustainability development manager Caroline Reid said: “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.”
Single-use lithium ion button cell batteries will be kept on sale for products requiring them, Ikea added.
with PA Wires