Choosing materials

A more sustainable start

At IKEA, we’re working hard to ensure that all our home furnishings will be made from renewable, recyclable or recycled materials by the end of 2015. Yes it’s a matter of responsibility. But we also believe that making the best use of resources helps us keep prices low and quality high. Here are some of the more sustainable materials we use today.

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WOOD

By 2017, 50% of our wood will be FSC® (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified or from recycled sources. The FSC standard protects ecosystems and people’s livelihoods, and our long-term goal is 100%. Today, all the wood we use must meet our IWAY Forestry Standard, which bans wood from sources involved in forest-related conflicts or illegally harvested. It also states that harvesting should not threaten High Conservation Value forests.

Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite. Table with bamboo table top, white legs, and two black dining chairs made from wood plastic composite.

BAMBOO

Bamboo has more than a thousand species, grows mostly in the tropics and can be up to 30 metres tall. Strong and lightweight, bamboo can be used to create a hardwood effect. It grows faster than wood and does not need farming.



WOOD PLASTIC COMPOSITE

Wood plastic composite consists of polypropylene and wood fibres from sawmill waste. Using wood fibre makes plastic products stronger and less expensive. And it helps put waste to good use.

Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles. Close up of hand-woven basket with red handles.

WATER HYACINTH

A fast-growing plant, water hyacinth is a durable and highly renewable material we use to make hand-woven products like baskets. And because it is clogging up waterways in South East Asia, using it this way benefits both people and biodiversity.

Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams. Folded, white duvet cover with grey seams.

RECYCLED PET PLASTIC

PET plastic can be melted down and used to make other products such as quilts and pillows. An old plastic bottle is transformed into pellets, then into a usable textile. This gives plastic another life and reduces waste. It also creates a material that’s much more comfortable than the name might suggest.

A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover. A black pillow and a black rolled up quilt cover.

MORE SUSTAINABLE COTTON

Together with the Better Cotton Initiative and WWF, we enable more than 100,000 farmers in India and Pakistan to produce cotton using less chemicals and water. From September 2015, all cotton in IKEA products will come from more sustainable sources.

Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain. Close up of curtain rod with a dark grey linen curtain.

FLAX AND LINEN

Linen is produced from extracted fibres of flax plants that grow in large fields, often in cooler climates where artificial irrigation and pesticides are rarely used. The fibres of fast-growing flax plants make linen strong and durable, yet soft and breathable, too.