Thinking in circles
At IKEA, we always look for ways to make more from less. But to help our customers create a better life at home, in a world where resources are scarce, we have to up our game. We need to rethink everything from the materials we use, to how we power our stores, and how we can make our products live longer in a cycle of repair, reuse, and recycling. Throughout our value chain, we aim to use renewable and recycled resources as efficiently as possible, to make sure that we create value rather than waste. And when you bring the products home, we want to help you make them live longer, or give them a new life when you no longer need them.
Doing things right from the start
To make the world a more sustainable place we have to begin somewhere. By planning for our products’ next life at the design stage, we get a head start. To make more from less, we also use materials that are renewable and recycled and from more sustainable sources. Our products must last as long as they are needed and be easy to care for, repair, reuse, reassemble, and recycle. The better we do this, the better for people and the planet.
A second, third or even fourth life. Maybe your new PLATSA storage will start its life as a media bench in the living room, to then transform into a wardrobe under the slanting ceiling of the bedroom ─ and then a few years later become the home to all outerwear in your new hallway. With PLATSA storage system, we wanted to create a simple yet beautiful solution, that can follow you on all the winding roads of life.
PLATSA takes flexibility to a whole new level. So, instead of letting space be a limitation, this lightweight storage system optimises the space you have. It opens up to build under, above or around - mixing functions and styles as you wish. PLATSA uses wedge dowels, a click-technique that drastically reduces the time taken to assemble and disassemble. We think this prolongs the life of your PLATSA and goes hand in hand with a more sustainable lifestyle.
Old materials, new surfaces
Pioneering kitchen fronts
REINSVOLL isn’t our first product made entirely from 100% recycled FSC(R) certified wood and PET-bottles. The KUNGSBACKA kitchen fronts, with their sleek design and anti-fingerprint surface, have the same origin.
Every year, about 100 billion PET water bottles are used worldwide but only 30% are recycled. By giving them a new life as foil for doors and kitchen fronts, we show that recycling is not only the right thing to do, it also results in beautiful new products.
Can 1,4 billion re-sealable plastic bags make a difference?
We hope so, as we proudly present our first ever large-scale plastic product based on renewable material. It’s the all-round plastic bag ISTAD that is now made mostly (85%) of a renewable material from the sugar cane industry. The shift is expected to save around 75 000 barrels of oil yearly, helping us to reduce our carbon footprint.
And, although plastic based on renewable material costs more to produce than conventional plastic, it won’t show on the price tag. At IKEA we believe that everyone, not just a few, should be able to afford to make sustainable choices.
Towards zero waste
Did you know?
In 2017, 83% of waste is recycled or energy recovered across our operations.
The beauty of broken glass
Step on it
Did you know?
By 2020, 90% of the waste from our own operations will be recycled or energy recovered. 80% of the waste from our stores and distribution centres will be material recycled.
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