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A better world starts at home

Small changes can make a big difference when we add them all up.

A group of friends gathered around a rooftop table at sunset.
A group of friends gathered around a rooftop table at sunset.

Climate action - where do we start?

We surveyed 14,000 IKEA customers across the globe, including 1,000 Canadians to understand how people currently think and feel about climate change and what they are doing to take action in their daily lives.

What did we learn?

Nearly 90% of people say they are willing to change their behaviour to help fight climate change.

But for many, the issue is too big, serious, complex and distant from their everyday lives. 41% say not knowing how to take action is a significant barrier and 40% worry about the added expense of more sustainable living.

Image of a wind turbine in silhouette against a sunset.

We're taking the next big steps.

At IKEA, we know we must take urgent action to tackle climate change. In Canada, we've invested in renewable energy sources, including solar panels on many of our stores and two windfarms in Alberta. Today, we generate renewable energy equivalent to four times our total consumption.

But there is still much more to accomplish. Before the end of this year, we’ll phase out all single-use plastics from our product range and food services. We've also committed to becoming a fully circular business by 2030.

This means designing our products with re-use, repair, repurposing, and recycling in mind from the beginning, using only renewable, recycled, and recyclable materials, eliminating waste, and connecting with our customers in new ways to give products a longer life, including our recently-launched Sell-Back program.

Recycled paper straws in brown and white

The last straw

On May 1st, 2019, IKEA Canada said goodbye to all single-use plastic straws in our product range and restaurants. By 2020, we’ll phase out all additional single-use plastic items from our range and food services. As single-use plastics are phased out we will introduce more sustainable alternatives, including new, biodegradable paper straws. We know plastic straws have become an important symbol in the global movement to drastically reduce plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. Together with our co-workers and customers, we are proud to take this significant step to contribute to a world without waste.

Person dropping a banana peel into a black VARIERA recycling bin.

Every small action adds up.

We believe every one of us can make a positive impact and climate action starts at home.

We want to empower and enable people to tackle climate change in their daily lives. Through simple actions, we can reduce our personal carbon footprints by 50% or more! In fact, many of us are already climate heroes in our daily lives, without even knowing it.

We also fundamentally believe healthy and sustainable living shouldn't be a luxury for the few, but available to as many people as possible. At IKEA, we offer solutions at the lowest-possible price, many of which will result in further savings on energy and water bills.

Save energy? Save money.

Did you know? Induction cooking is extremely energy efficient. Our answer? The new TILLREDA portable induction cooktop for only $69.

Skip the dry-cycle. By replacing your loads with the MULIG drying rack, you can save approximately $160 - and a lot of wool sweaters - each year.

Energy savings, quality, lower impact and a 20-year lifespan are all reasons we went all in with LED and here's why you should too. LED bulbs use 85 per cent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

More ways to use less water.

Experts say less than three per cent of the water on Earth is fresh water. Low-flow faucets can reduce water consumption by up to 40 to 50 per cent and can save the average Canadian family almost $80 per year.

And you can use even less water by doing the dishes with a GRUNDVATTNET rinsing tub, instead of keeping the tap running.

Waste not, want not.

Goodbye waste! Hello leftovers! With IKEA 365+ food storage you can cut your food waste in half, saving up to $800 a year.

Reduce plastic bottles by investing in the new IKEA 365+ water bottle.

Person placing an empty can into a VARIERA waste sorting system with multiple bins.

Recycling and preventing waste is something everybody can do at home, using the modular VARIERA sorting system.

At IKEA, we aim to use renewable and recycled resources as efficiently as possible to contribute to a more circular business model.Our TÅNUM rug is handmade from leftover fabric from bed linen production.

Food you can feel good about.

The carbon footprint of our ALLEMANSRÄTTEN veggie balls is 30 times lower compared to meat. Made only from vegetables, these treats are packed full of nutrition and rich flavour.

Healthy and tasty fish make for healthy and happy customers. All IKEA SJÖRAPPORT salmon comes from farms that are certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards.

Colourful packages of PÅTÅR coffee on a wooden tabletop.

Caffeine-fix the environment. All of our PÅTÅR coffee is UTZ certified, ensuring sustainable farming standard and fair solutions for workers.

More sustainable must-haves

Energy and water savers, renewable materials like bamboo and undyed cotton and recycled materials from our value chain - here are a few of our sustainable must-haves for the season!