Every time you brush your teeth or wash your hands, you can help save water. A small aerator in every one of our bathroom mixer taps reduces water flow while maintaining pressure.
Energy and resources
Did you know using water more efficiently can reduce your energy bills and help tackle climate change?
Heating hot water accounts for 25% of home energy usage. Using water efficiently reduces energy bills and ultimately reduces carbon emissions.
Look for the unified water label and start making a difference. The label has a clear colour coded system to show how much energy and water the product uses. Green rated products use less than those rated Red.
Visit www.uwla.eu to find out more.
Water-conscious commitment in bathrooms
Every time you brush your teeth, wash your hands, shave or take a bath, you can help with something essential – saving water. That’s why all our taps have an aerator that saves water and energy while keeping the water stream just right. But that’s just a small part of a bigger effort: conserving more clean water than we use.
Antony Smith, an engineer from England, remembers when he joined IKEA and the small team that develops our taps and showers.
"I realized we practice what we preach about sustainability," Antony says. "It's a refreshing experience, but it makes our job really difficult because we genuinely have to deliver on sustainability with each product."
Water is precious, but often taken for granted
So, why conserving water? Because no organism on earth can survive without it, and no new water is created. It's constantly recycled, but our freshwater supply is overused and not evenly distributed. It’s impacted by pollution, contamination and climate change, too.
"Those of us who live where you can just turn on your tap may not think about saving water; it's taken for granted," Antony says.
Thinking about water at every step
Behind the scenes, we constantly explore new ways to improve water efficiency. That includes providing factory workers and their families with fresh drinking water, ensuring all factory water is cleaned before release, reducing water usage in textile production and using rainwater to flush toilets in stores.
And now we are working on new taps using sensors and spray technology – and new water-efficient showers – to save even more. Every water-saving action adds up.
What is ABS plastic?
ABS plastic is a strong and stable material with a glossy surface – making it perfect for especially used everyday objects like cutlery drawers, kitchen utensils, toothbrush mugs and bathroom hooks. ABS is made from oil-based, non-renewable raw materials, but development is progressing and we are using more and more recycled ABS. It is an important step towards our goal of only using plastic that is recycled or from renewable sources.
“When designing SALJEN wash-basin mixer tap, we used the same high-quality, water- and energy-saving internal components as the rest of our tap range but worked with a plastic body to reduce costs. The challenge with plastic though, is the noticeable line created when two halves of the mould come together. I decided to integrate this line into the design, making it a sleek and attractive feature. The result? An expressive, high-quality tap at an unbeatable price!”