MUSSELBLOMMA is inspired by the patterns and colours you find at sea, and made of things that don’t belong there. The collection consists of 100% recycled plastic. Some of it is caught by fishers in the Mediterranean Sea. Read more
How do we solve the problem of garbage that is astray and keep it away from seas, lakes, rivers and beaches? One way is of course to simply collect it and take care of it. But it’s easier said than done, especially if you, like Peter Bondesson, one of our purchasing experts, spend most of your working days in offices and factories and not at sea. To get some help on the way, Spanish fishers were involved.
The MUSSELBLOMMA collection celebrates the beauty in nature with a playful pattern and green and turquoise colours. It also decreases litter in the ocean.
“The fishermen contribute to MUSSELBLOMMA with their catches. Sometimes they get more garbage than fish. It’s metal, rubber, glass, old shoes – you name it,” tells Peter.
The fishers bring the garbage ashore where it’s cleaned and sorted. Some of it can be used to make yarn and new things like the polyester fabric in MUSSELBLOMMA.
For every kilo waste that’s used to make the fabric, another nine kilos of garbage are taken out of the ocean.
“At IKEA we have to take responsibility within the areas where we can make a difference,” says Peter. Turning something useless into something useful for the home is one way of doing it.
“The goal is that all our products and packaging materials are based on renewable or recycled materials by 2030. MUSSELBLOMMA is a step on that journey. It shows that waste can be turned into valuable material for the future. Hopefully it’s also a step towards cleaner seas,” concludes Peter.Read less