SUSTAINABLE LIFE AT HOME

Make a difference without
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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 and water, and reduce waste. They may seem like small things – but that’s the beauty of small actions: they all add up! Download the 2014 IKEA Sustainability Report PDF
LED lighting
Water-saving taps
Hidden waste-sorting solutions
Energy-saving appliances
SUSTAINABLE LIFE AT HOME: SAVING ENERGY | SAVING WATER | WASTE & RECYCLING | HEALTHY LIVING
SAVING ENERGY
We’ve gone all-in with LED
Energy savings, exciting new designs, better light quality, lower environmental impact and a 20-year lifespan; new LED lighting is so much better than old incandescent lighting. So, we’ve switched our entire lighting range to LEDs. This really does mean everything, from bright and accurate kitchen lighting through to warm and cozy bedroom lighting. And don’t worry; we have a LED bulb for all your existing light fittings. Welcome to the new revolution in lighting. Welcome to the brighter world of LED.
A display of different LED lamps.
We’ve gone all-in! Now all the lighting we sell at IKEA is LED - better for your home and the environment.
A brighter life at home with LED
A display of different LED lamps.
Lighting is a vital part of life at home. It makes our homes safer, cozier and more welcoming. And it allows us to do things we couldn’t otherwise do. But around a quarter of the world’s energy consumption is used for lighting. That’s a lot of energy.
At IKEA, we want to help you live a more sustainable life at home. To reduce your energy consumption without making sacrifices. To make living a sustainable life at home easier, beautiful and more affordable. And tiny LEDs are an easy way to make a big difference.
Did you know?
You don’t need to throw out your old lamps. There’s a LEDARE light bulb to fit your existing light fittings.
Did you know?
LED bulbs use 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years.
LED lights use 85% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Their small size opens up a whole new world of exciting lighting design possibilities. And the light quality is so good you can have both functional and atmospheric lighting in just one light. So not only are LEDs making life at home more sustainable, they’re making it more beautiful too.
Did you know?
LEDs are so tiny they can be built into almost anything, creating loads of new design possibilities.
A living room with three oval-shaped pendant lamp shades made of white rice paper.
An open kitchen drawer with a lit LED lighting strip.
Lighting possibilities are endless with LED
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Living more sustainably is as easy as changing your light bulbs. See why we believe wholeheartedly in LED.
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Better light, new designs and lower prices. Watch how we are fully embracing the LED lighting revolution.
Saving energy and money
Our energy-saving appliances like 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. See more energy-saving appliances.
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! Download our laundry-day energy-saving tips PDF
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
A cool way to save
Replacing a refrigerator or freezer with a new, energy-efficient model saves money and energy. A new fridge that has been “A++ rated” in Europe can use 40% less energy than a A- or B-class fridge. But you shouldn’t have to pay more to save energy. So we made our entire range of fridges and freezers A+ and A++ rated in Europe, and sell them at low prices so more people can afford them. See all refrigerators and freezers
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 on an induction cooktop, 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! See all induction cooktops
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. See all area rugs
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. See all curtains
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.
SUSTAINABLE LIFE AT HOME: SAVING ENERGY | SAVING WATER | WASTE & RECYCLING | HEALTHY LIVING
Reduce your water usage up to 50% by installing an IKEA bathroom tap
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 taps that reduce water consumption by up to 30%, bathroom taps that reduce consumption up to 50%, and we have improved the water efficiency of many of our dishwashers and washing machines. See all bathroom taps
GOOD TO KNOW
Save the water you use to rinse vegetables in and water your plants with it
IKEA kitchen taps save up to 30% on your water usage
More ways to use less water
Switching to one of our kitchen or bathroom taps can reduce your water usage by up 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.
See all kitchen taps
See all bathroom taps
SUSTAINABLE LIFE AT HOME: SAVING ENERGY | SAVING WATER | WASTE & RECYCLING | HEALTHY LIVING
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. And 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! See more waste-sorting solutions
Preventing waste is something we can all do
We have lots of solutions to help with sorting and preventing waste.
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 customise. 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. See all products in RATIONELL series
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. Or why not stack two waste paper baskets and create a space efficient sorting station? See PLUGGIS waste sorting bin.
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 or marked containers for easy-to-find menu ideas. See all IKEA 365+ jars
Preserving nature’s bounty is a delicious way to feed your family
Preserve
A trip to the farmer’s market can easily turn into preserves for the year. 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. See all KORKEN jars
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. See all IKEA 365+ food containers
Saving resources with rechargeable batteries
Making the switch to rechargeable batteries is a more sustainable alternative to disposable batteries. You’ll consume and throw away fewer batteries. With our new range of rechargeable batteries and battery chargers, it’s now more affordable and convenient than ever to use rechargeables at home.
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A selection of rechargable batteries of different sizes arranged on a desk.
Stay charged for longer
Our new rechargeable batteries can be charged up to 1500 times and are available in high and low energy capacities, so the most optimal battery can be chosen for a specific device. For example, a camera flash requires a lot of instant power, while a computer mouse consumes a lot less power for a longer period of time. Using the right battery means you don’t need to recharge them as often.
See our rechargeable batteries and chargers
SUSTAINABLE LIFE AT HOME: SAVING ENERGY | SAVING WATER | WASTE & RECYCLING | HEALTHY LIVING
HEALTHY LIVING
Making a healthy life an easy choice
What does being healthy mean to you? For us, it’s about making smart everyday choices that are good for both your body and the environment. It’s about taking the bike instead of the car in your daily commute and activities. It’s about a day at your desk that’s actually good for your body and energy levels. It’s about the joy of seeing the seeds you planted grow into a mini-garden. We’ve taken a closer look at how to give you products that make being healthy an easy choice - because, in the end, even the small changes make a big difference.
A bicycle with front rack, rear rack with bags and a trailer filled with boxes, grocery bags and a green plant.
Exhaust fumes, be gone! Riding the SLADDA chainless bicycle emits no pollution, and raises your fitness levels as soon as you hop on.
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Join the movement!
Part of leading a healthy lifestyle is about getting your body moving. Leave the car behind and choose SLADDA bicycle when going to work, grocery shopping or just taking a pleasant countryside ride. It’s a great non-polluting alternative to driving, keeping both your body and the environment happier.
See SLADDA bicycle
Take a stand (or just sit)
No more long days just sitting and working. We’ve rethought what makes for a healthier way to be your productive best. With our BEKANT and SKARSTA work desks you can find your comfort zone by adjusting to different heights for either sitting or standing. Alternating between these positions is proven to help you both work and feel better.
See BEKANT work deskSee SKARSTA work desk
Two desks that can be adjusted in height so that you can both sit and stand. Shown together with black screens attached to the desks, for privacy. A white desk that can be adjusted in height so that you can both sit and stand. Shown together with a black standing support.
Paper mugs with growing herbs in a window.A miniature greenhouse filled with green plants.A frying pan with freshly fried vegetable balls.
Truly locally produced
Keeping a healthy lifestyle can be knowing where your food comes from. To start growing your own herbs at home, we offer FRÖER growing set. The set includes everything needed including seed packets, so all you have to add is water, a sunny spot and a little bit of patience. Then, just enjoy your own locally grown harvest.
See FRÖER growing set
A mini-garden at home
Help the colour bloom inside your home with the simple SOCKER series - a clever, functional and decorative series for creating your own green spots at home. Whether for flowers, herbs or vegetables, the series includes a beautiful greenhouse, plant stands, a watering can and much more - letting you add greenery and maybe something good to eat.
See SOCKER greenhouse
An icon rethought
“Swedish meatballs” - two words often associated with Sweden and IKEA. We thought it was time to reinvent this icon for an even healthier way of living, so we introduced GRÖNSAKSBULLAR to our restaurants and food markets. The 100% plant-based recipe we’ve developed means there are fewer calories, and by eating vegetables, you reduce your carbon footprint without even trying.
See GRÖNSAKSBULLAR vegetable balls
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