The Sustainable Living Project

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Sustainable Living Project
What is the Sustainable Living Project?
We believe that even the smallest changes can create a big impact. There are many ways to live kinder and contribute a positive change to the environment and it starts from your home. We believe that everyone should be able to live a sustainable life at home without spending more, drastically changing the way they live, or compromising on style and quality.

That is why we have come up with the Sustainable Living Project - a movement that is designed to help you make small changes in your homes in order to save energy, conserve water, recycle & reduce waste, live healthier. We want to show you what we believe in, and how you can create this in your own home.

You need not take our word for it. From 7 July 2017 to 24 July 2017, sign up for your chance to experience sustainable living at your own home.
Sustainable stories
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Reduce energy
Today’s homes have a lot of modern techniques and technologies that use up energy. The consumption can be reduced, and money can be saved, by using energy-efficient products and sustainable home furnishing solutions.
Some food can be cooked in one pot at the same time using inserts. This reduces energy-use while cooking.
LED lighting reduces energy-use by up to 85% compared to incandescent bulbs.
Textiles can be used to make the indoor climate more comfortable, either warmer or cooler, and thereby reducing energy use.
Hanging laundry and airing semi-clean clothes and textiles instead using the washer and dryer reduces energy-use.
Energy saving | Waste & recycling | Water saving | Healthy living
Reduce waste and recycle
Reducing waste and recycling is something everybody can do – from small homes to big businesses. It’s a matter of changing our mind-set from “waste” to “resource”. The simplest way to reduce waste, and save money, is to only use what we need.
Waste needs to be sorted so that it can be recycled or re-used.
Waste is minimised when furniture is repaired or given new life.
Textiles can be recycled to serve new purposes.
Food containers with lids keep food freshness and nutritional content longer and help to reduce food waste.
Reduce water use
Out of all the water on Earth, less than three percent is fresh (non-saline) water. Everyone can contribute to conserving this precious, shared resource by being more conscious about their habits at home.
Doing dishes under a running tap wastes a lot of water. This can be reduced by using a bowl or sink with water.
A filled dishwasher is more water-efficient than washing dishes by hand.
All IKEA taps are equipped with a water-saving device and many also have a cold-start function to reduce unnecessary use of hot water.
Cold water that is caught before it heats up in the shower can be used for household chores like watering plants.
Live a healthier life
Living a sustainable life starts with our own health. This could be about having access to clean drinking water and breathing clean air and also about knowing what we eat. A healthier life could also be about integrating more movement into everyday activities.
Standing stimulates the circulation and reduces potentially harmful effects from sitting too long.
Growing your own herbs and vegetables, supports a more conscious and healthier life at home that children can learn from.
Play and movement promotes a good night’s sleep and increases resistance to illness.
Biking is a healthy and environmentally-friendly choice
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Co-worker stories - Azirum

Meet Azirum, our Learning and Development Manager at IKEA Cheras. He lives with his wife and three young children in a rented three-bedroom apartment in Kota Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. The family will be moving to their own house next year.

Azirum, IKEA coworker, with his family

“Staying in a rented place means I’m investing in products that are easy to assemble and don’t require permanent fixture. IKEA storage solutions keep the house organised and save us a lot of space!”

Azirum is sorting garbage with his daughter

“Living with two children and a baby means we generate a lot of waste! Before taking on this project, the garbage bin in our place was full everyday. With SORTERA recycling bins, we separated used diapers and food waste from recyclables and reduced waste by 50%.”

We keep leftovers in the fridge and use FÖRTROLIG  food containers to keep them fresh

“We home cook food for our kids because the school canteen tends to be expensive. We keep leftovers in the fridge and use FÖRTROLIG food containers to keep them fresh. We find we save money and waste less food.”

HOPPVALS cellular blind helps block the street lights at night and blocks daytime heat.

“I like to sleep in total darkness.HOPPVALS cellular blind helps block the street lights at night and blocks daytime heat while letting some sunlight into the room. It’s more comfortable. Now my kids play in here too!’’

Co-worker stories - Zulilena

Meet Wan Zulilena. She has been working part time as a Customer Service Greeter and in Småland at IKEA Cheras since 2005. She lives in a condominium with her husband, who is mostly away because of his job, a daughter and two cats. When the government implemented a regulation for waste separation in Negeri Selangor, she found our Sustainability Living Project to be the perfect opportunity to start recycling.

Zulilena, IKEA coworker, with her daughter

“The habit of recycling has made me more conscious of how much I was consuming before. Now every time I want to buy something I stop to think if it is something I really need”

She is sorting garbage

"We used to have many garbage bins around the house. With SORTERA recycling bins we decided to station our waste in one place. As a result we are more aware of the amount of waste we generate and therefore we purchase less. This habit helps us save money in the end."

She loves eating and sharing home-cooked food with co-workers, friends and family.

"I do not enjoy cooking but love eating and sharing home-cooked food with co-workers, friends and family. I can cook one big batch of Laksa Johor and keep it for two to even six months in the freezer in FÖRTROLIG food containers. Sometimes I make sambal and keep it in a KORKEN jar. At any given time, I can bring them to a pot luck lunch in the office."

She replaces all the lightbulbs to LED bulbs

"LED lights are an investment; they may be more expensive to purchase but they last longer and save money in the long run. My electrical bills have reduced by 30% since changing all the 30 lightbulbs in my house. They are easy to replace. I can do myself even when my husband is not at home."

Home Tour Activity
Extending a warm invite to our Sustainable Home!

Come and experience what one family of four living in an 55 sqm home could achieve by taking little actions toward sustainable living in these three areas - reduce water usage, reduce energy consumption and reduce waste and recyle! As you will see, little changes add up to benefit not only the planet but also the family’s sense of well-being – and their wallets. They saved more than RM 3,130 in a year.

We hope our “Sustainable home” will inspire you to implement some of these ideas. Because when we add up all these small steps, a big change can happen.

We welcome 15 guests per session of the Sustainable Home Tour. Please see our schedule below and if you are interested to join our tour, please register here! The meeting point is at our Sustainable Home in the Living area (Home 1) in IKEA Damansara and the Dining area in IKEA Cheras.
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Sat 22 July 11:00 - 11:45 14:00 - 14:45 15:15 - 16:00
Sun 23 July 11:00 - 11:45 14:00 - 14:45 15:15 - 16:00
Fri 28 July 16:00 - 16:45 18:00 - 18:45
Sat 5 August 11:00 - 11:45 14:00 - 14:45 15:15 - 16:00
Sun 6 August 11:00 - 11:45 14:00 - 14:45 15:15 - 16:00
Round 1
Round 2
Friday 21 July 11:00 - 11:45 16:00 - 16:45
Sun 23 July 11:00 - 11:45 16:00 - 16:45
Sat 29 July 11:00 - 11:45 16:00 - 16:45
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