Ikea has recently announced that it will stop selling non-rechargeable alkaline batteries by October 2021. Instead, the Swedish home interior brand has decided to focus on offering customers its rechargeable Ladda batteries which are more eco-friendly.
For years now, the company has been selling its own alkaline-based batteries under the Alkalisk name. According to Ikea’s press statement on their website, approximately 300 million of these batteries were sold in 2019 alone.
It added that the decision to discontinue the sales of its Alkalisk batteries is part of an effort to reduce waste, and encourage customers to “adopt new behaviours and use rechargeable batteries to their full potential.” Furthermore, Ikea says that rechargeable batteries emit lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to using alkaline batteries to obtain the same amount of energy.
As mentioned earlier, Ikea sells its own line of rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) AA batteries called Ladda. The brand claims that these batteries are reusable up to 500 times after each charge.
While alkaline-based batteries will no longer be on Ikea store shelves next year, Ikea noted that it will still sell its non-rechargeable lithium-ion button cell batteries. It stated that these batteries are required by certain products sold by the brand in order to function.
(Source: Ikea Newsroom | Images: Ikea)