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How to recycle and reduce food waste to save money and be more sustainable

Advice for recycling at home

1) The three Rs rule

Do you know the "three Rs"? These are the rules that make for a sustainable lifestyle: recycle, reuse and reduce. Recycling all our packaging, glass, plastic and organic waste. Reusing fabric shopping bags, containers and leftover food as much as possible. Reducing the amount of waste that we generate by choosing foods that have been packaged more sustainably and efficiently. However, apart from taking care of the planet, applying the three Rs in your everyday life will also result in a significant saving for your pocket.

    2) Tips for correct recycling

    Recycling and reducing waste is something that everybody can do — from small homes to large businesses. And we can do so in many different ways: by using one bin for each type of waste, or a single bin with a separator; by labelling the type of waste so that we can identify them and not mix them up; and by reusing fabric shopping bags and glass containers.

    Here are some easy suggestions for recycling at home

    3) Recycling solutions for every home

    We know that there are as many ways to recycle as there are types of people and kitchens! That is why we have created a modular system that can be customised, takes up little space and will help you sort waste in a way that is practical. The bins are easy to lift and carry, and the lids lock in odours.

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    Bin with plastic bottles for recycling

    How to avoid wasting food

    Reducing the amount of food we throw in the bin is essential. According to the FAO, almost one third of the food harvested in the world is thrown away — in other words, we throw out 1,300 million tonnes of food every year. We often mistakenly believe that we have no choice, but there are many things we can do and new habits we can learn so that we see a considerable reduction in the amount of food that ends up in the bin. It is a matter of changing our mindset and adopting habits such as the following:

    1) Airtight containers

    We tend to eat what we see. As soon as you arrive home from the supermarket, put cereals, pasta and other dry foods in labelled or transparent containers, so that you can easily choose the ingredients for meals.

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    2) Make pickles and preserves

    The containers in our KORKEN range are made with a minimum of 40% recycled glass and are perfect for storing homemade preserves, jams and pickles.

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    3) Cook and save

    Leftovers are great, but who wants to eat lentils five nights in a row? Prepare your food for the entire week and store leftovers in the freezer for later.

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    We want to lead by example. Therefore, to avoid food waste at IKEA stores, we have launched an initiative to reduce our food waste by 50% before 2020. So, how are we going to achieve our goal? By installing smart scales in all our stores to measure and record the origin of all the food waste we produce.


    Why is it important to recycle batteries?

    A selection of rechargeable batteries of different sizes arranged on a desk.

    Another option is to choose rechargeable batteries, a more sustainable alternative to disposable batteries: you’ll use and throw away fewer batteries!

    Rechargeable batteries can be recharged up to 1,500 times and come in a variety of energy capacities, so you can select the most appropriate one for each of your devices. For example, a camera flash uses a large amount of energy in a single moment, whereas a computer mouse uses less, but over a longer period. So, if you use the appropriate batteries, you can avoid having to recharge them so often.

    Once batteries have reached the end of their useful life, remember to take them to a collection point: you can find these in many stores in your town or city. Never throw them away in a rubbish bin, as they are highly polluting.

      Batteries are items that we use every day in our homes, but did you know that they are highly polluting? Their components include mercury or lead, as well as other metals and chemicals. In many homes, batteries end up in organic rubbish bins, but this practice is extremely harmful to the planet and to our health.

      Bearing in mind how dangerous they are, remember that you should always dispose of batteries in containers designed exclusively for that purpose. You will find them at local facilities, supermarkets and bus shelters.


      The planet is home to us all and we are all responsible for looking after it!