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Reuse, repair, recycle, reimagine: living more sustainably with IKEA

At IKEA, we’re on an exciting journey to become a circular business by 2030, making healthy and more sustainable living accessible and more affordable to people around the world. We’re reimagining how we do things, from how and where our materials are sourced, to how our products are designed, transported, sold and – eventually – recycled. Like anything worthwhile, it’s a process filled with new challenges and adventures, but we’re well on our way to helping create a better everyday life for people and the planet.

Grouped plants in SESAMFRÖN pots and a CHILISTRÅN hang planter on HYLLIS shelving units by a white brick wall.
Grouped plants in SESAMFRÖN pots and a CHILISTRÅN hang planter on HYLLIS shelving units by a white brick wall.

Let’s start at the very beginning

Becoming a circular business starts right at the product development phase. Every product must be designed to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured and eventually recycled. So far, we’ve assessed more than 9,500 products for their circularity capabilities, giving us a clearer vision of where our current capabilities lie. The next step is to put all our products through the same process.

A red NIKKEBY chest of drawers with a red heart embroidered on it and a pink SLIBB flexible laundry basket on top.
A woman sits on a medium-blue BLÅKULLEN bed. Behind a room-dividing combo of a plant swath and a curtain sits a man.
A softly crumpled TÅNUM multicolour rug placed on a grey-tiled floor.

Today’s offcuts are tomorrow’s rugs

The TÅNUM rug is handmade using offcuts from IKEA cotton textile production, which would otherwise have been discarded. Aside from repurposing waste, it also means that no two rugs are exactly alike!

More sustainable choices, on a budget

No visit to an IKEA store would be complete without popping by at the As Is section. Here, you’ll find returned items, floor samples, end of range and discontinued pieces, all at a fraction of their original price. We’re dedicated to giving every piece we make as long and useful a life as possible, and this is one of the ways we’re making sure we do that.

Live more sustainably on a budget
A woman and a man lifting one end each of a blue bed frame, moving it through a hallway.
Live more sustainably on a budget
A woman and a man looking through a display of wrapped products in a store.

Pro tip: opt for second-hand where you can

Never forget that the most sustainable furniture is the furniture that already exists, so buying returned or pre-loved pieces isn’t just more wallet friendly – it’s better for the planet too!

Three cheers to longevity!

A super important part of ensuring the longevity of our products is by designing pieces that can be repaired, upgraded and adapted to suit the different stages of a person’s life. Whether it’s modular furniture that can be added to, sofa covers that can be removed completely, or standardising our parts to make them even easier to repair and replace, we’re always finding new ways to give products a longer (and more useful!) life.

By a blue and white wall filled with art stand a red-and-white, polka-dot KLIPPAN two-seat sofa and a BURVIK side table.
A kitchen with ENHET cabinets, a white MELLTORP table, different-colour LEIFARNE chairs, and a white NISSAFORS trolley.

Make it your own with ENHET series

Not only can you add units as you need them, the ENHET bathroom series is also easy to disassemble, making it a total breeze to move along with you – wherever life may take you!

See the ENHET bathroom series
A red-and-white-tiled bathroom with a big ENHET combination with open cabinets, filled with neatly arranged accessories.
See the ENHET bathroom series
A patio dotted with plants, a white SKARPÖ armchair, an UTTER children’s stool, and a black UTSUND LED lighting chain.

Why not give your shopping bag a new lease on life?

From shopping bag, to laundry bin, to improvised planter. It seems there isn’t anything the humble FRAKTA bag can’t do!