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Only recycled or renewable based plastic in IKEA products by 2030

IKEA is committed to making a positive impact on people and the planet. Our ambition is that all the plastic we use will be based on renewable or recycled materials. To start with we’re replacing single-use plastic and using different kinds of sustainable plastic in more products.

A green tile wall with three green KNOPARE hooks resembling a toy boat, one of which is holding a white macrame bag.

Facts about plastic at IKEA

  • By 2030 we will only use renewable and or recycled materials in our plastic products
  • We phased out all single-use plastic products from the global home furnishing range in January 2020
  • ISTAD bags are based on renewable materials from the sugar cane industry

Recycled so you can recycle

We’ve started a journey to not only produce plastic products from industrial waste but also from household waste. The first of these products is HÅLLBAR waste bin which is used to separate waste and take care of recycling in people’s homes.

An open kitchen drawer revealing a light grey HÅLLBAR waste sorting solution with four bins, PET bottles and organic waste.
A wooden kitchen worktop, a towel, stainless steel drawer fronts and a person scraping organic waste into a HÅLLBAR bin.

Reuse our ISTAD resealable bags

ISTAD, our reusable, all-purpose resealable bag is now based on renewable materials from the sugar cane industry. Being durable and resealable, ISTAD can be used over and over again, making it really simple to reduce plastic bag waste.

A white kitchen worktop, three ISTAD resealable bags and a person wearing a denim shirt putting rusks into one of the bags.
Organised makeup products in a smoked GODMORGON mini chest with 2 drawers next to a flower vase on a dressing table.
We are curious and committed to exploring, innovating and developing together with all our partners across whole value chain and with you as customers.

Minh NguyenMaterial and Innovation Manager

SMART technologies lower prices and improve sustainability

New co-injection technology allows us to use two different materials in the same product. This means each one can be chosen for the job it has to do. Just like in NYPON plant pot, which consists of a less expensive structural core and a better looking and feeling outer layer or “skin”.

A grey NYPON plant pot with an asparagus fern plant standing on a turqoise side table in front of a turqoise curtain.

More products created with recycled plastic

Our journey to only using plastic based on renewable or recycled materials is well underway. A lot of our big plastic product families are already made using a high share of recycled plastic.

A GODMORGON box with compartments storing a gold lame purse, some scissors and a selection of make-up and grooming items.
Three green, wall-mounted KNOPARE hooks two of which are holding bags while the third is holding a jacket.
A lush, green indoor plant that was just planted in a grey NYPON plant pot, surrounded by soil and several terracotta pots.
A bathroom with white and black floor tiles and a white VESKEN shelf unit with body puffs and towels in pastel colours.
A modern hallway with light walls, dark floors and two sets of TRONES shoe cabinets mounted between a mirror and a shoe rack.
A ready assembled, bright yellow JANINGE chair standing on a light wooden floor in front of a white wall.
We need to rethink the way we design, produce and how we can reuse plastic material for products in IKEA.

Erik LjungbladPlastic Category Manager

Back in black

Twenty-five discarded, recycled PET-bottles are used to create the matte black surfaces on each KUNGSBACKA front. This material was invented together with a supplier.

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A modern kitchen with black KUNGSBACKA fronts and utensils on one side of the sink and a large plant on the other.
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IKEA to phase out plastic from consumer packaging by 2028

By phasing out packaging plastic we aim to reduce plastic waste and pollution and drive the industry to develop packaging solutions centred around renewable and recycled materials. The phase-out will happen in steps, starting with all new products by 2025, and the rest of the range by 2028.

Read more on the IKEA global brand site
A collection of take-away food packaging including cups, straws and boxes, some with the IKEA logo and the word “Hej”.
Read more on the IKEA global brand site
A discarded plastic bag and PET bottle lying on a bed of moist, wilted seaweed by the water in pale morning light.

Working with waste

Finding new ways to work with recycled materials is key and using waste as a resource takes us one step closer to a more sustainable future.

A white KUGGIS box containing a selection of coloured pens, some pink tape and several balls of brightly coloured yarn.

PET is the most recycled plastic and can be used for many different purposes.

Together, we can do more

Our journey towards only using recycled or renewable based plastic will take some time and require new ways of doing things, but we are determined to take responsibility and find new solutions. We want to give our customers the possibility to choose products made from more sustainable materials that can be recycled again one day. Together, we can make a big difference!