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The Last Straw

01 October 2018

Small changes can make a big impact. Find out why we’re immortalising our last ever single-use plastic straw.

An image of the display of our last single-use plastic straw in the Design Museum, London.
The Last Straw

At IKEA, we take our impact on the planet seriously. That’s why we’re no longer serving or selling single-use plastic straws in any of our UK and Ireland stores, restaurants or bistros. It’s part of our global commitment to sustainability, and to celebrate this milestone in our journey, we’re displaying our last single-use plastic straw in the Design Museum, London.

By immortalising this straw and removing all the others, we hope to inspire you to take small steps towards living more sustainably, too. Find out what you can do to reduce your plastic use at home below – and how IKEA products can help.


“Plastic straws have become such an important emblem for change when it comes to single-use plastic, but this campaign is not just about straws,” Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager, IKEA UK and Ireland

Hit the bottle

For a sophisticated way to serve water without buying single-use plastics, opt for a glass IKEA 365+ carafe. Fill it with filtered or tap water (or any drink you like) and place it on the dining table, whether you’re entertaining guests or sitting down for a quiet family dinner. Its tight-fitting stopper means you don’t have to worry about leaks in your fridge or on the table.

See more jugs & carafes

In the bag

Don’t leave the house without a bag you can whip out and fill with groceries if you decide to do some impromptu shopping. You can get bags for life almost anywhere nowadays, but if you come prepared, you’ll never be caught short and won’t have to keep buying new ones. Our TREBLAD bag is roomy and sturdy, so you’ll be able to fit everything you need in there without it breaking like plastic bags do.

The whole package

Food packaging can be one of the trickiest obstacles for those of us who want to cut down on our single-use plastic waste. Try to buy your groceries in shops and markets that sell items without all the plastic packaging, and bring along a refillable jar or two to stock up. Jars from our KORKEN range can easily be filled and tightly sealed, keeping your herbs, spices and nuts products fresher for longer.

See food storage & organising

Recycling revolutionised

Lots of us have basic recycling bins at home, but there’s always room for improvement and a more organised recycling system can help anyone up their game. Our SORTERA bins are stackable and have folding lids – place one in your home’s bathrooms and bedrooms to make sure empty cosmetic containers get recycled instead of being thrown into the nearest rubbish bin.

See waste sorting bins