Wood is the material most commonly associated with IKEA furniture, and for good reasons. It’s renewable, recyclable, durable, ages beautifully and it is an important part of our Scandinavian design heritage.
At IKEA we believe that sourced in responsible way, wood is a key change driver for climate mitigation. In 2012, we set a goal that by 2020 our wood would be from more sustainable sources. We are happy to announce that we have reached this goal and today, more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.
Can you also remember those magical playtime moments when you were a child, when it felt like time and space just passed by without notice? Maybe you dived into a world of accelerating toy cars or kicked a ball around with friends until the sun went down? Play unites children across the world, and perhaps it’s needed now more than ever, says Amanda Lundqvist, who works at Children's IKEA.
"In a time when both children and adults live a rather stressful existence, play involves undemanding moments when nobody needs to prove anything", says Amanda. "That's why we want to encourage more play in life."
That was the background of how LUSTIGT came about, a wide-ranging play collection with something for all interests and ways of playing. The collection has puzzles, a weaving loom, a skipping rope with LED lights, boules with soft balls and a lot more to play with at home ─ even if space is limited.
There are eight designers in total who worked with LUSTIGT. One of them is Henrik Preutz, who focused on the more physical play and had some great help from his 7 year-old daughter to test his ideas for different games.
"Just like all children, she has a lot of imagination and likes to make up her own rules", Henrik says laughing. "That's why I developed the boules game, dart game and other games in a way that allows you to play with them without having to stick to any predetermined rules."
Henrik gets a lot of inspiration from his own everyday life with children, and wants to encourage more laughing and playing around at home. The touch and close game with balls is a good example. This game is all about putting on the touch and close fastening vest and quickly dodging the soft balls that your opponent is trying to hit you with.
"It's great when you feel your heart pumping and forgetting one's busy everyday life for a moment", says Henrik.
At Children's IKEA, no products come by chance ─ we use the help of experts and the latest in research to understand children's development and needs. But we also listen to children themselves. Both children in our vicinity, like Henrik's daughter, and children from different cultures and places across the world. For LUSTIGT we had the help of children and groups in Helsinki and Shanghai who played with all the parts and then gave us honest and important feedback about them.
But even if the children's perspective has been the most important factor in our work with LUSTIGT, we hope that the collection also attracts mothers, fathers and other adults to join in on the fun.
"Research shows that both children and adults want to spend more time together", says Amanda. "If you can just find those little moments for play in a simple way, then I'm convinced that it makes everyday life so much better."
Forests contribute to maintaining balance in the atmosphere, purify the air that we breathe and are part of the water cycle. They nourish wildlife biodiversity and provide homes for indigenous communities who depend on forests for their livelihoods. 90% of plant and animal species living on the planet need forests to survive. They provide sources of food, fuel, timber and many other ecosystem services that we rely upon.
Sourcing approximately 19 million m3 of roundwood per year from some 50 countries, IKEA has a significant impact on the world’s forests and the timber industry and a huge responsibility to positively influence how wood is sourced. Responsible wood sourcing and forest management ensure that the needs of people dependent on forests are met, that businesses can work sustainably, that forest ecosystems are protected and biodiversity is enhanced.
At IKEA, we work with strict industry standards to promote responsible forestry. We don’t allow any wood in our supply chain from forest areas that are illegal or contain high conservation values or from forest areas with social conflict.
Before starting to work with IKEA, suppliers must demonstrate that they meet IKEA critical requirements on wood sourcing. IKEA requires all suppliers to source wood from more sustainable sources (FSC-certified or recycled wood). All suppliers are audited regularly and non-compliant suppliers are required to implement immediate corrective actions.
By working together with our suppliers, we are proud to announce that we have reached our more sustainable sources goal, which we set out to achieve by 2020. Today more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.
As pressure on the world’s forests and the surrounding eco-systems increases due to unsustainable agriculture, the expansion of infrastructure and illegal logging, it is time to take an even more holistic approach to protect and support these important resources for generations to come.
The IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 set out to improve forest management, enhance biodiversity, mitigate climate change and support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests across the whole supply chain and drive innovation to use wood in even smarter ways. The agenda focuses on three key areas:
• Making responsible forest management the norm across the world.
• Halting deforestation and reforesting degraded landscapes.
• Driving innovation to use wood in smarter ways by designing all products from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured, and eventually recycled.
For many years, IKEA has partnered with businesses, governments, social groups and non-governmental organisations to fight forest degradation and deforestation and increase the volume and availability of wood from responsibly managed forests both for our own supply chain and beyond.
We are on a journey to improve global forest management and make responsible wood sourcing the industry standard, contributing to building resilient forest landscapes and improve biodiversity.