Sustainability shouldn't be a luxury
Ideas are our most valuable resource
Buy it, use it, throw it away: this is still the life cycle of many products at the moment. It has a beginning and an end. And the result is more and more waste. For many years, we at Ikea have been looking for ways and ideas to change this and become even more sustainable. It starts with the development of new products. We are aiming for using only renewable or recycled materials by 2030. Also, we design products to give them as many lives as possible, for instance by being easier to adapt, disassemble and reassemble. In this way we want to start a movement towards circularity. To get there, ideas are our most valuable resource. So, take the next step with us - Let's reuse, repair, resell and recycle!
Our four ways to extend the life of products
Today, when something is sorted out at home, it often means that it is disposed of. Even if it still works. Instead, we want things to have more than just one life. That's why we design and develop products to be durable and adaptable. One example is our extendable beds for children, that grows with your child. When it eventually gets too small, it is easily re-sized to be used by another child.
A piece of furniture that no longer suits your home is far from being obsolete. We will buy back selected IKEA products from you that are still in good condition to give them a second life in our Bargain Corner. That way, you can give them a second, third and fourth life in another home.
Sometimes it only takes a few small steps to give products a new shine. We should therefore just repair products more often to give them a few more years of life.
Of course, we love to support you in doing that. That's why you can order screws, dowels and hinges, that broke or went missing during usage, for free from us.
Using the same resources more than once is an important part of designing more sustainable products. That's why we are constantly looking for new ways to use recovered materials in our products and to enable recycling at the end of a product’s life.
Our goals until 2030
Our sustainability ambitions and commitments are set for 2030 in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To reach them, we are now accelerating into a decade of action. Together with co-workers, customers, and partners the world over, we are tackling climate change, unsustainable consumption, and inequality. Here we have summarized some of our goals that we want to achieve by 2030:
- IKEA will become climate positive. This means reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits.
- We strive for 100% renewable energy (electricity, heating, cooling and fuels) across the IKEA value chain.
- We will make our products exclusively from renewable and recycled materials.
- We will offer more and more services to help care for and pass on products, such as the Second Life Service.
- By 2025, we will ensure emission-free home delivery.
- We make Photovoltaic Systems and Heat pumps accessible to the many Swiss people because we believe that Clean Energy is the future of our planet.
- By 2022, we will achieve full gender equality. That means equal opportunities, equal pay and a 50/50 gender balance.
"Sustainability & affordability must go hand-in-hand. At IKEA, we take responsibility for our climate footprint and continuously work towards our vision to create a better, more sustainable everyday life for the many people.”
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Sustainability Officer IKEA Switzerland
A sustainable everyday
We want to enable and inspire you to live a more healthy and sustainable life within the limits of the planet and believe that action speaks louder than words. To spark real change, we believe a positive, proactive and collaborative approach can turn climate challenges into scalable solutions. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. And together we will solve this.