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Only recycled or renewable based plastic in IKEA products by 2030

Plastic is everywhere for many reasons. It’s a strong, durable, lightweight, and versatile – yet low cost – material. But when plastic is not disposed of responsibly, the environmental implications become concerning.

IKEA is committed to making a positive impact on people and the planet. Our ambition is that by 2030, all plastic used in our products will be based on renewable or recycled material.

We’ve already started our journey towards this goal with a plan to replace single-use plastic in our range and by using different kinds of sustainable plastic in an increasing number of products.

A woman eating from an IKEA plastic food container, with a transparent plastic bottle filled with water beside her.
A woman eating from an IKEA plastic food container, with a transparent plastic bottle filled with water beside her.

    The collection made from Ocean plastic - MUSSELBLOMMA

    The fabric in the MUSSELBLOMMA collection is made from recycled plastic. For every kilo waste that’s used to make the fabric, another 9 kg of garbage are taken out of the ocean. Using waste as a resource brings us one step closer to a more sustainable future.

    Phasing out single-use plastic

    Single-use plastic items pollute ecosystems if not disposed of responsibly. As part of our commitment to people and the planet, we phased out all single-use plastic products from the global home furnishing range in January 2020. This includes items such as plates, cups and plastic straws. Single-use plastic articles offered in our restaurants, bistros, and cafes will be replaced by more sustainable disposables.

    A recyclable plastic to feel good about

    We want to make more sustainable plastic products our customers can enjoy and love. Made from renewable sources like corn, sugar beet and sugar cane instead of virgin fossil based, PLA is an example of a plastic which makes this possible.

    Plastic is a durable, good value material that can be used in many different applications. We need to make sure the plastic we use comes from either renewable or recycled sources.

    Alexander Grouleff, Project Leader Recycled and Renewable Plastic Products, IKEA of Sweden

    Recycled plastic can be used in different ways

    We want to become circular in all aspects. 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. PET is the most recycled plastic in the world and can be used for many different purposes. As we add products made from recycled and renewable materials to our offer, we hope to inspire other companies to do the same – we’re all in this together!

    Fewer footprints

    Leave fewer footprints in your hallway as well as a smaller footprint on the environment by choosing door mats made from recycled plastic. Each MEJLS door mat is made from six PET bottles.

    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!

    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