ISTAD – A pioneering goody bag

Lots of all-round IKEA ISTAD re-sealable bags, made mostly of a renewable material from the sugar cane industry.

ISTAD – A pioneering goody bag

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 making sustainable choices.

A close-up of an IKEA ISTAD plastic bag made mostly from sugar canes, showing the re-sealable function.

“It’s mind-blowing to see how we use everything from the sugarcanes, there is no waste.”

Minh Nguyen Hoang, Category Manager Plastic Products, IKEA of Sweden

Plastic that truly is fantastic

ISTAD is an important step towards our goal of only using renewable or recycled plastics in our home furnishing products – while maintaining the same low price and good quality. As we add products made from more sustainable plastics to our range, we hope to inspire others to do the same.

Did you know?

Being made from sugarcanes, the plastic made from renewable material in ISTAD is both renewable and recyclable.