SUSTAINABLE LIFE AT HOME

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A young girl peels an orange in a kitchen filled with products that make it easier to live more sustainably
At IKEA we have loads of money-saving products and solutions to help you save energy, water and reduce waste. They may seem like small things – but that’s the beauty of small actions: they all add up! On your next visit, look for our "People & Planet" messages throughout the store.
Energy-saving appliances
Hidden waste-sorting solutions
LED lighting
Water-saving faucets
SUSTAINABLE LIFE AT HOME: SAVING ENERGY | SAVING WATER | WASTE & RECYCLING | TRANSPORTATION
SAVING ENERGY
The future of lighting
LED lighting is a breakthrough technology that we have fully embraced at IKEA. By 2016, all the lighting that we sell will be LED. It means that we’re gradually phasing out all other types of light bulbs. Don’t worry – you can use LED light bulbs in all your favorite lamps. We’ll be able to bring you lots of new and exciting lighting possibilities as well.

To show our commitment, we're changing our lights too. Look for our LED spotlighting throughout our stores and covered parking areas. IKEA was also the first Canadian retailer to phase out traditional incandescent bulbs, eliminating them from our range a full year in advance of the government ban that came into effect in 2012.

Download the 2012 IKEA Sustainability Report PDF to learn more about our goals.
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See why we’re making the switch to LED bulbs and lamps.
HÄGGÅS LED pendant lamp consumes up to 85% less energy and last 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Considering LED for your home?
LED lighting has created many new design opportunities because the bulbs can be built into the lamps, allowing unique shapes that were not possible with traditional incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs produce a warm white light, are cool-to-the-touch and can be more pleasing on the eye than many conventional energy-saving bulbs.

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Girl holding a SPÖKA LED night light that is turned on and off by pressing the ghost’s head
DID YOU KNOW?
LED bulbs use up to 85% less energy than conventional bulbs and last up to 20 years
Saving energy and money
Our energy-saving appliances like induction cooktops, fridges, freezers and washing machines can help make a positive difference to the environment and help lower your energy bills. We’re offering more of these products at a low price so that as many people as possible can afford them.

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Also, there are simple changes you can make that can lower your energy bills even further, like using steamer inserts when you cook or washing your clothes in cold water and hanging them out to dry. All these small actions add up!
Saving energy can be as simple as using energy in the most efficient way
An energy-saving solution can be as simple as a lid on a pot or a STABIL steamer.
Upgrading your refrigerator or freezer to a newer model can save energy
To help you save energy and money every day, All IKEA refrigerators and dishwashers are ENERGY STAR® certified and among the top energy performers on the market.

ENERGY STAR® dishwasher models are 15% more efficient than Government Guidelines while ENERGY STAR® refrigerators are 20% more efficient than Government Guidelines.
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Induction technology enable you to use energy in a more efficient way, saving time and money
Go ahead, watch your water boil
What’s the magic behind induction technology? It’s basically a magnetic field technology that only heats the pan – not the cooktop or surrounding air – so only a small amount of heat is wasted. Two liters of water can be brought to boil in just five minutes while it takes as much as 10 minutes on a glass-ceramic cooktop. You’ll be seeing a lot more induction cooktops from us in the future!

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Saving energy with textiles
There are lots of simple ways to save energy at home and a couple of them only require a trip to the store. Since many homes lose heat through the floors, area rugs are the unsung heroes of low-cost, quick-fix energy solutions.

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You can also save energy and regulate indoor temperatures by using textiles to insulate your window and door openings. Curtains block the hot sun in summer and help keep the heat inside during winter.

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Using textiles is an easy way to save keep your house cool in the summer; warm in the winter
Using rugs and curtains can help you regulate the temperature in the summer and winter.
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Reduce your water usage up to 50% by installing an IKEA bathroom faucet
Let’s all do our part to save water, a precious resource we all share.
SAVING WATER
Tapping into more ways to use less water
Experts say that less than three percent of the water on Earth is fresh water. We can all contribute to conserving this precious, shared resource. That’s why we offer kitchen faucets that reduce water consumption by up to 30%, bathroom faucets that reduce consumption up to 50%, and we have improved the water efficiency of many of our dishwashers and washing machines.

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GOOD TO KNOW
Save the water you use to rinse vegetables in and water your plants with it
IKEA kitchen faucets save up to 30% on your water usage
More ways to use less water
Switching to one of our kitchen or bathroom faucets can reduce your water usage between 30% to 50%. What’s the secret? Well, a pressure compensating aerator, a little device inside the faucet that adds a little bit of air to help you save water and hopefully money, too.

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WASTE & RECYCLING
Using resources in a smart way
Recycling and preventing waste is something everybody can do – from small homes to big businesses. Preventing waste is a simple way to save money by only using what we need. When we recycle, materials like paper, plastic and metal can be used again to make new products, instead of taking new resources out of the Earth. Who knows what your next egg carton or juice bottle could become next!

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Preventing waste is something we can all do
reycle your old mattress
Recycle your old mattress
Most IKEA stores in Canada offer a mattress recycling service if you purchase delivery of your new IKEA mattress. We ensure that your old mattress is taken away, disassembled into components, and repurposed for future use. This is another way that IKEA is working to keep waste out of landfills. Use our store locator to find your local IKEA, and click on the "Services" tab to see if mattress recycling is offered at that location.

Store locator
In store recycling station
Free recycling for batteries and bulbs
Batteries and energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) contain low levels of mercury and must be recycled properly. Since 2001, all IKEA locations in Canada have offered a free "Take Back" program for CFLs and batteries - even for non-IKEA brands. Simply bring your old ones back to the stores and deposit them at our recycling station.
RATIONELL recycling series lets you customize your recycling
Create your own recycling solution
Local recycling systems around the world can be very different, which is why we made a modular system that you can customize. This space-saving system helps you separate your recyclables in a way that works for you. The bins are easy to lift and carry, and the lids lock in odours.

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Two white, stacked waste bins filled with paper
Get creative with ways to sort
PLUGGIS waste sort­ing bin is compact, stackable and easy to clean. Consider one for every room to make recy­cling that much easier. Why not stack two waste paper baskets and create a space efficient sorting station?

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3 easy ways to prevent food waste
EASY WAYS TO PREVENT FOOD WASTE
Storing your food so you can see it makes it easier to come up with menu ideas!
Stack and store
We tend to eat what we see. As soon as you get home from the grocery store, put cereal, pasta and other dry goods in see-through containers for easy-to-find menu ideas.

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Preserving nature’s bounty is a delicious way to feed your family
Preserve
Our KORKEN series containers are made from at least 40% recycled glass and can store your grandmother’s spiced chutney recipe when plums are in season.

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Saving leftovers help you save money in your food budget
Cook and save
Leftovers are great but who wants to eat spicy black bean soup five nights in a row? Make weekly dinner menus and store leftovers in the freezer for lunch another day.

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3 ways to contribute to sustainable transportation
MORE SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Low emission vehicle parking
Low emission vehicle parking
We've created preferred parking spaces to reward customers who drive electric, hybrid, diesel, and alternative fuel vehicles. There are a minimum of two of these spots near the entrances of every IKEA across Canada. As the trend toward low emission vehicles grows, we're hoping to add even more eco-friendly spaces in the future.
Shuttle bus service
Shuttle bus service
IKEA now offers shuttle bus service to customers shopping at our North York and Etobicoke locations in Toronto - one is even hybrid! Our shuttle buses provide a pick up and drop off service at specific public transit hubs, making it easier for you to come to IKEA without a car. Taking the shuttle can also cut down the number of bus connections you'd have to take.
Delivery service
Delivery service
IKEA's home delivery service allows customers to receive larger goods conveniently at home even if they travel to the store by public transport, our complimentary shuttle buses, bicycle, or on foot.
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