We’re big fans of wood
We love wood because it’s durable, renewable, recyclable and beautiful. As one of the largest users of wood in the retail sector, we always look for ways to use it wisely and to source it according to high set standards. Our long-term goal is that all wood will come from more sustainable sources, defined as recycled or FSC® certified wood, by 2020.
“We’re promoting the adoption of sustainable forestry methods. We do this in order to influence others and also to contribute to the important work of ending deforestation”
- Mikhail Tarasov, Global forestry manager IKEA
In 2017, we reached the goal of having 100% wood from more sustainable sources in countries with a history of challenges related to forest management.
Approaching 2020 and the goal of only using wood from more sustainable sources, more and more of our products only contain sustainably sourced wood. We also take great care to use the raw material in a responsible way – the wood is used so that unnecessary waste is minimised in production.
Did you know?
IKEA sources wood from 50 different countries. Mostly from Sweden, Poland, Russia, Lithuania and Germany.
More from less
Making more from less is part of the IKEA culture. Every piece of wood is cut and shaped so that unnecessary waste is minimised in production. The new PLATSA storage and SKOGSÅ worktop are beautiful evidence of how we use resources wisely while maintaining quality and durability. We constantly look for new and smarter ways to design and build our furniture to make sure you get the best possible product which impacts our planet the least.
PLATSA storage is durable and the quality is enhanced by using the right material at the right place for the right purpose. It uses far less raw material compared to solid constructions thanks to smart design and production solutions. A combination of different natural materials makes it lightweight which also saves on transport and simplifies handling.
SKOGSÅ worktop is made with a thin layer technique where a three-millimetre solid wood surface is placed on particle board. This gives a durable surface that can handle humidity well. Apart from the benefits in the kitchen, the thin layer technique requires less raw material than a solid worktop. Plus it weighs 20% less than solid wood, so reduces emissions in transportations, and is easier to carry and handle.
Already produced to strict standards, the wood in INDUSTRIELL chair, table and bench is treated with even more care and respect. We made it a point to use as much of each pine tree as we could, keeping imperfections like knots and changes in the grain and colour.
The EKORRE rocking-moose is made from rubberwood from responsibly managed forests in Asia. Instead of letting the wood become firewood for instance, we use it for furniture – and take better care of the planet’s resources by doing so.
Wood from more sustainable sources with FSC
FSC works to take care of the world’s forests through responsible forest management, making sure we have forests for all forever. Forests house over two-thirds of known terrestrial species, and are home to 80% of terrestrial biodiversity. Our work together with WWF and FSC contributes to protecting ecosystems - and people’s livelihoods. We are one of the world’s largest buyers of FSC certified wood in the retail sector and are also part of founding FSC, together with WWF.
In addition to suppliers meeting our strict IWAY Forestry Standard, the volume of wood from more sustainable sources – recycled wood and wood from forests certified by the FSC – increased to 77% in 2017. We are aiming for 100% by 2020.
Visit the FSC® website to learn more about this effort
So far, we have helped to improve forest management in Europe and Asia and contributed to increasing FSC® certified forest areas by around 35 million hectares (about the size of Germany) in the countries where we work with WWF.
Working together with WWF on responsible forest management
We work with WWF and others to combat illegal logging and promote responsible timber trade. Beginning with five forest projects in seven countries in 2002, today, we collaborate in 14 countries on a variety of projects to support credible forest certification which benefit both people and the environment. The work includes mapping and protecting High Conservation Value Forests to secure biological and social forest values.
“We have chosen to partner with WWF to help us on our journey towards being People and Planet Positive”, says Mikhail Tarasov, Global forestry manager IKEA. “WWF has deep expertise in the fields of forestry and timber market, and since wood is an important raw material for IKEA, it makes WWF a natural partner to help support and challenge us towards our ambitious sustainability goals.”
Visit the WWF site to learn more about our partnership
Sow A Seed: celebrating 20 years of recreating nature
In 1983, more than 18,500 hectares of rainforest in Sabah in the north-eastern part of Borneo was destroyed by fire. In 1998 we funded the Sow a Seed project to restore the rainforest. Today 12,500 hectares (an area equal to 26,000 football fields) of rainforest has been brought back to life. Orangutans and baby elephants have rediscovered their natural habitat. And researchers around the world have been offered a unique insight into forest regeneration in what could be the biggest rainforest restoration project in the world.
Reports & Downloads
Download The IWAY Forestry and Forest Stewardship Council® Standards (PDF)
Read more about our plan to source 100% certified segregated sustainable palm oil (PDF)
Download the Sustainability Strategy, People & Planet Positive (PDF)
Download the overview of how we are becoming Forest Positive 2020 (PDF)