The ODGER chair is made to stand out, pairing great design and comfort with sustainable innovation – without hiding its origin. The material’s mix of renewable wood and recycled plastics is allowed to make its characteristic mark on the smooth surface. ODGER was anything but easy to develop, but may be the most straightforward chair we’ve ever made – with the assembly just a couple of clicks away.
Being a large business comes with large responsibilities, to the planet and to all of us who share it. So even if we aim to keep our prices low, we don’t do it at any cost – if we don’t decide to take on the extra cost ourselves, that is. Take ISTAD, the re-sealable plastic bag that we now make with bioplastic instead of conventional plastic. The shift makes the production more costly, but the price our customers pay remains the same.
By working with others and challenging ourselves, our goal is to secure long-term access to sustainable raw materials and change the way the whole industry works.
PÅTÅR special edition: A single-origin high-quality 100% Arabica coffee from Uganda
Uganda is the biggest coffee exporting country in Africa, yet the average size of a coffee farm is less than 0,25 hectare – just a quarter the size of a football field. It’s difficult to run a profitable business with such small resources. To help support economic independence of farmers, as well as more sustainable farming practices, IKEA has teamed up with a coffee project in Uganda. As a result, we’re happy to be the first global retailer to make single-origin coffee from the White Nile region broadly available.
IKEA coffee beans come from family farms and small-scale cooperatives in South America, with the recent addition of Uganda in Africa. All our coffee is both UTZ certified and organically grown according to EU standards without the use of chemicals and pesticides. UTZ works to improve a number of areas for farmers, including growing methods. This helps to lower costs and increase crop quality and yields, which improves the livelihoods of farmers. Workers earn a living wage and farmers get a fairer share of the profits. It means their children can go to school and have time for play too.
The blue bag – the most hardworking bag in the world
30 years after its release, we think it’s about time we honour what might be the most hardworking bag in the world. It’s been talked about, made into dog-ponchos, used as a fashion accessory and for exercising – and we think that’s great. But the truth is, this plain piece of plastic has an even bigger meaning than that. It summarises everything we believe in: that design, function, and quality shouldn’t be just for a few.
The IKEA Concept
At the heart of the IKEA concept is our vision - to create a better everyday life for the many people.
Working for a positive impact on people and the planet is about supporting a healthier and more sustainable life at home, using energy and resources in a more sustainable way – and taking responsibility for people and communities.
The Swedish word Lagom means just the right amount is best. We love it because it’s what living a rewarding but responsible life is all about: not denying yourself or sacrificing what you love, while not taking from the planet more than you need. We all can do better when it comes to living LAGOM/sustainably (saving more, wasting less, growing your own food and living an active lifestyle).