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IKEA and Let’s Go Zero: helping schools tackle climate change

As you know, this is our second year running the IKEA x Let’s Go Zero School competition in partnership with Ashden. We asked students and teachers across the UK to send us their creative ideas to help make their schools more sustainable and help tackle climate change. From growing vegetables to composting and building bike sheds, the ozone was the limit!  

The prize? Through our products, solutions, and funds (for the value of £2,000 for each project) IKEA will work with the four winning schools to bring their visions to life.

We received an overwhelming response of entries which made it even harder to choose our four winners. But here they are, the winning 4 schools: East Barnet Secondary School in London, Fixby Junior Infant School in Huddersfield, St Christopher’s C of E High School in Accrington and Lochfield Primary School in Paisley, scooped the prize for submitting innovative ideas which will make their school more sustainable.  

Between May and July, we will work closely with each school to bring their ideas to life - so come back soon to see the completed projects! 

Learn more about the winning ideas

East Barnet Secondary School in London 

Their vision is to transform part of the grounds into an outdoor classroom, allotment, and composting area. They are keen to create an outdoor space for hands-on learning and sustainable projects.

The idea was put forward by students in the school’s environment club, which is named, ‘We Only Have One World’.

The planned outdoor classroom will also serve as a place where pupils can have some quiet time in a more relaxed setting outdoors. 

Fixby Junior Infant School in Huddersfield 

Their wish is to create a shop where items such as seedlings and chicken eggs can be purchased or swapped by families and the local community, helping to reduce food waste and raise funds for the school.  

This schools winning idea was put forward by youngsters in the school’s Forest School – a club which supports outdoor learning for five- to eight-year-olds.

With a thriving allotment, and school chickens which lay eggs used by school catering, they were keen to stop any extra produce from going to waste.  

St Christopher’s C of E High School in Accrington 

This school would like to build a pre-loved uniform swap shop and refill station for cleaning products.

The pre-loved uniform swap shop would provide a space where pre-loved uniforms and prom dresses can be donated and collected, and upcycled while supporting families and helping to change attitudes around pre-loved items.

Meanwhile, the refill station will help reduce plastic usage and costs among families considerably. 

Lochfield Primary School in Paisley 

This school wishes to transform part of the grounds into a community garden with an allotment and composting area. In addition, they would like to create an outdoor space for hands-on learning and projects.

The idea was put forward by students to create a sustainable garden where they can take on seasonal responsibilities, grow produce, and enjoy outdoor lessons whilst learning about sustainability, insects, wildlife, and plants.  

The project will also involve community outreach, offering flowers and produce to retirement homes and food banks, with plans to host an outdoor monthly tearoom in the summer months for elderly members of the community.  

IKEA is working with the Let’s Go Zero campaign, delivered by climate solutions charity Ashden, which aims to help all 32,000 schools in the UK reach zero carbon by 2030. 

At IKEA we want to make living healthy, sustainable lives as easy as possible, not just at home, but in the wider community too – and that includes schools. That’s because schools can play a huge role in educating future generations and empower all young people to take climate action. 

Did you know?

  • 83% of children aged 5-16 in the UK want to make changes at school to help combat climate change 
  • 65% of children say they feel their school has already implemented some initiatives, but not enough 
  • 80% of children want to learn more at school about climate change and over half of them (51%) feel it isn’t covered enough in lessons 
  • 87% of children claim that businesses should do more to help families and schools lower their carbon footprint 

*Research conducted by Censuswide on 2,000 schoolchildren aged 5-16.

2022 winners: CTK Emmanuel

Our 2022 winners

Last year we received over 100 amazing entries, selecting just a handful of winners was no easy feat, but after a lot of deliberation, we’re happy to share our fantastic four. Through our products, solutions and funds (for the value of £2,000 for each project) we’ve been busy working with the schools to bring these visions to life.

Marsha Smith, Country Deputy Retail Manager at IKEA UK & IE, says: “We were blown away by the number of amazing initiatives submitted by schools across the UK, and it was a challenge to pick just four winners! It’s been inspiring to see how passionate young people are about making a positive difference to our planet.”

“At IKEA, we believe in introducing more sustainable initiatives to create a better future, and hope this competition encourages children of all ages to make small changes that collectively have a big impact. We’re looking forward to working with our other winners to bring their fantastic ideas to life using our products and expertise.”

CTK Emmanuel, Lewisham

CTK Emmanuel in Lewisham is the first school to have their idea built by IKEA co-workers. The “enviro-hub”, which has been designed for the school’s Eco Committee, will offer an exciting new indoor and outdoor educational space for students to enjoy learning about sustainability and the environment. There’s also an outside area dedicated to beekeeping, helping those using the hub to further explore the world, and animals, around them.The first topics on the school’s agenda to delve into include Healthy Living, Global Citizenship and Biodiversity - taking the learning experience to another level, whilst also involving the wider community for learners of all ages and backgrounds.

Engaging younger students, the new fresh and vibrant space will allow the sixth form to welcome primary school children from the surrounding area to use the facilities, as they help build a more eco-conscious community. While a ‘kitchen garden’ in the space provides the opportunity for students to grow herbs and produce that will then be given away to people in the local area. 

Simon Spearman, Head of Centre at CTK Emmanuel has said: “We are so proud of our students for putting sustainability first and coming up with an idea that will benefit pupils for years to come. Involving the wider community in our environmental work is greatly important, and the new “enviro-hub” that IKEA is building for us will enable us to continue to do so.”We’re currently working on building the spaces for our remaining three winners. Look out for the completed projects! 

    Beith Primary School, Glasgow

    Vast amounts of wearable school uniforms are being thrown away each year in the UK. As a result, Beith Primary school were inspired to create a school culture where everyone is comfortable and confident with reusing and wearing second-hand school clothes. With the new statutory guidance from the Department of Education that schools should ensure arrangements are in place so that second-hand school uniforms are available, their “Uniform Swap Shop” is a dedicated space for parents, children and families to choose second hand school clothes and accessories. The swap shop will also help to reduce car journeys with there being minimal school uniform shops close to the school. 

    Oakwell Rise Primary Academy, Sheffield

    The “Food Bank Stall & Veggie Growing Area” designed by students at Oakwell Rise Primary Academy will see a new market stall structure providing surplus food from food poverty charity FareShare, and Neighbourly, a platform which helps businesses deliver meaningful and sustainable investment into their local communities. This will help the school reduce its overall carbon footprint by preventing food waste, while also supporting healthy eating choices and reducing food inequality within their school community. 

    Charles Williams Primary School, Cardiff

    Year 4 students at Charles Williams Primary in Cardiff came up with the idea to extend their outdoor planting and vegetable growing area. The new space will enable all pupils to get involved and engage with nature through growing a range of produce. From preparing the soil, planting the seeds, taking care of the plants and vegetables, and enjoying the delicious, healthy results of their hard work, this new growing space is a great way for the students to learn more about sustainability. 

    About IKEA and Let’s Go Zero 

    IKEA UK has joined forces with Let’s Go Zero, a coalition campaign led by climate solution charity Ashden which aims to help all 32,000 schools in the UK reach zero carbon by 2030. 

    At IKEA, we share Let’s Go Zero’s belief that children are the most important people in the world and that schools can play a vital role in educating future generations to make sustainable, healthy choices in their lifestyles.  

    In line with our ambition of helping the many people live better everyday lives within the limits of the planet, IKEA can inspire and enable healthy and sustainable living in a way that is affordable, convenient and accessible to everyone – not just within the four walls of our homes, but also in all those places that represent an extension of our houses, including neighbourhoods, communities, and now schools. 

    At COP26 in Glasgow, IKEA and Let's Go Zero handed an official letter to the Secretary of State for Education, asking the Government to support the campaign
    Marsha Smith, Deputy Country Retail Manager at IKEA UK & IE, at an IKEA reception in Parliament

    The partnership supports IKEA’s long-standing commitment to take climate action, with Science-Based Targets that support our commitment to become climate positive by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions no later than 2050. Collaboration is a key part of our climate positive strategy and we believe that only by working together with business, governments, NGOs and charity partners, customers, co-workers and suppliers, we will be able to bring about positive change. 

    Marsha Smith, Deputy Country Retail Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland, said: “At IKEA, we’ve set ambitious goals to guide us on our journey to becoming climate positive by 2030, and radical collaboration is the way forward to deliver meaningful, systemic action. In Ashden, we have found a partner that can help us accelerate our vision of creating a better, healthier and more sustainable life at home for many people – and when we say home, we mean it in its broader sense, to encompass neighbourhoods and communities.” 

    Alex Green, Schools Lead at Let’s Go Zero, said: “Schools are key community hubs throughout the country. With 10 million people going through the school gate every day, their role in tackling the climate crisis is pivotal. There is massive untapped potential to accelerate sustainability in education, and we also hope to respond to those young people calling for change and to inspire and educate the whole next generation to make sustainable, healthy choices in their lifestyle. We’re thrilled to join forces with IKEA UK, who is perfectly placed to bridge between action in schools and action in everyone’s communities and homes. IKEA UK has the scale and reach to take this campaign to the next level.” 

    The Let’s Go Zero campaign brought to life at IKEA Glasgow during COP26
    • Terms and Conditions 

      How does it work?

      As part of IKEA’s partnership with Let’s Go Zero, IKEA are launching a competition for school, college or nurseries, to submit ideas on how to become more environmentally friendly. IKEA will then select four winners who will have their ideas brought to life using IKEA products and expertise (the “Competition”).

      To participate in this Competition, teachers and school, college or nursery staff members can fill out the following form on (the “Form”). The deadline for applications is on 11:59pm on 30th June 2022.

      The Competition will only run during the following dates 6th June 2022 – 4th July 2022 the “Competition Dates”).

      Following the winners’ announcement and builds of projects, project reveals will be held at schools, colleges or nurseries to reveal your newly built idea. This will include local press and photographers being sent to your chosen venue to capture your accomplishment.

      How to enter:

      1. To enter, a staff member over the age of 18 at a school, college or nursery in the UK, must fill out the Form. Forms filled out by students or adults not employed by a school, college or nursery, will not be accepted.
      2. By entering the Competition, you are confirming that your school, college or nursery, is authorised to participate in this Competition and have a secured space within the school, college or nursery, that is available to use should you be selected as a winner.
      3. By entering you confirm your school, college or nursery, is available to have a project installation day within the first two weeks of September 2022 and is able to allow IKEA co-workers and external guests onto the site on this date (the “Installation Date”).
      4. The Form should not include any personal data about children and students at the school, college or nursery, including, but not limited to, names, contact details, addresses and photos.
      5. To enter, schools, colleges or nurseries will first need to sign up to Let’s Go Zero before submitting their ideas.
      6. Winners will be selected in the week commencing 4th July 2022. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application regardless of success but 15th July 2022.
      7. In the event that you should win the Competition, you consent to having your picture and school, college or nursery information published for press and marketing purposes. All content will be shared with the school, college or nursery prior to publication and are subject to informed permission from the school, college or nursery.


      1. Entries must be made within the Competition Dates. Entries outside these dates will not be accepted.
      2. Entries are unlimited per school, college or nursery however there is a limit of one winner per school, college or nursery, during the Competition Dates.
      3. Students are not able to enter their own ideas to the Forms. This must be done by a valid staff member at the student’s school, college or nursery.
      4. Adults must be 18 years and over to apply.
      5. Competition is open to schools, colleges and nurseries only from any funding source. Applications from post-18 education settings will not be considered.
      6. IKEA reserves the right to withhold awarding prizes where entries are deemed to be of insufficient merit. IKEA has complete discretion in deciding on satisfaction of entries.
      7. Applications must include ideas that are sufficiently reasonable for IKEA to bring to life with IKEA resources, products and expertise. If an application is outside these remits, the idea will be disqualified. For more information about IKEA products, please visit:

      Additional terms:

      1. IKEA has complete discretion in choosing a competition winner and will work independently to assign expert panel members to judge the entries fairly and in line with the brief provided to competition entrants.
      2. IKEA will supply the winner with up to a maximum of £2,000 worth of products and/or services, including co-worker time, expertise and travel, as deemed necessary for the completion of the project as determined solely by IKEA.
      3. For information on how we process your personal data, please see our privacy policy here:
      4. Nothing in this Competition can be redeemed or exchanged for cash.
      5. IKEA reserves the right to withdraw or amend this Competition as necessary or due to circumstances outside IKEA's reasonable control.
      6. By entering this Competition, you agree to these Terms and Conditions.
      7. These terms are governed by English law and the courts of England have exclusive jurisdiction.  
      8. The promoter of this promotion for stores in the UK is IKEA Limited of 100 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FH.

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      About this Privacy notice

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      This Privacy notice sets out how and why we collect, store, and use your personal data.
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      Why we are collecting your data

      Sharing your information with IKEA will help IKEA to review all school applications for the competition and make an informed selection of our winners. We will be in touch to let you know of our decision and will work closely with the winners to facilitate their projects.

      Personal data that we will collect from you

      With your consent, we will collect the following data:

      • your name;
      • your phone number; and
      • your email address.


      The above data may mean that you will be directly identifiable. The legal basis for collecting your personal data as part of this form is your consent. You have an entirely free choice as to whether you wish to share or not.

      Who do we share your personal data with?

      We will only use your personal data for the purposes of the competition and your personal data will never be shared or sold to a third party for any other unrelated purpose. However, there may be situations where we have a legal obligation to share or disclose your personal data. This could be with law enforcement agencies or public authorities to prevent or detect crime or fulfil a legal requirement.

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