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KUNGSBACKA – Kitchen fronts made from recycled plastic

Avoiding waste and using resources efficiently, is part of the IKEA way of working. With the ambition to find methods to create more sustainable interior design, one of our product development teams asked themselves a question: “Would it be possible to use recycled waste instead of new materials, in our kitchen range?”

The answer is yes. Meet KUNGSBACKA, kitchen fronts made from recycled wood and recycled plastic.

Our products are bought by a lot of people, and by offering more sustainable alternatives, we actually have the opportunity to contribute to a change.

Anna Granath, Product Developer, IKEA of Sweden

From problem to possibility

Plastic is made from oil, a natural resource which will run out one day, and it takes up to incredible one thousand years for it to break down.

Together with one of our suppliers, our team came up with the idea to convert it into a plastic film. This film could then be wrapped around particleboard made from recycled wood.

The final result is KUNGSBACKA, a kitchen front that will give recycled plastic a new and much longer life.

But KUNGSBACKA is more than just a sustainable product – it looks good, too! The striking matt finish and slanted edges give it a clean, streamlined look. And, of course, it’s durable and guaranteed to last 25 years, just like the rest of our kitchen fronts.

We’ve all worked hard to not compromise on anything. Not when it comes to design, quality, functionality, or price, and especially not when it comes to the sustainability aspects.

Anna Granath, Product Developer, IKEA of Sweden

Kitchen fronts with good karma

The innovative production of the KUNGSBACKA kitchen fronts let us recycle plastic in large quantities. But the plan for recycled plastic in disguise doesn’t end here – the sustainable KUNGSBACKA kitchen fronts can be recycled again when the kitchen has served its purpose, and become something new.