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ISTAD – A pioneering goody bag
Can 1,4 billion re-sealable plastic bags make a difference? We certainly hope so, as we proudly present our first ever large-scale bioplastic product. Today the all-round plastic bag ISTAD is mostly made of a renewable material from the sugarcane industry. The shift is expected to save about 75 000 barrels of oil yearly and will significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
Learn more about ISTAD and how we work towards a more sustainable future
Materials that make a difference
Being a large business comes with large responsibilities, to the planet and to all of us who share it. So even if we aim to keep our prices low, we don’t do it at any cost – if we don’t decide to take on the extra cost ourselves, that is. Take ISTAD, the re-sealable plastic bag that we now make with bioplastic instead of conventional plastic. The shift makes the production more costly, but the price our customers pay remains the same.
By working with others and challenging ourselves, our goal is to secure long-term access to sustainable raw materials and change the way the whole industry works.
Learn more about the way we choose materials
We’re on a journey towards using only recycled and/or renewable plastics. Today that is true for about one third of our plastic items.
PÅTÅR special edition: A single-origin high-quality 100% Arabica coffee from Uganda
Uganda is the biggest coffee exporting country in Africa, yet the average size of a coffee farm is less than 0,25 hectares – just a quarter the size of a football field. It’s difficult to run a profitable business with such small resources. To help support economic independence of farmers, as well as more sustainable farming practices, IKEA has teamed up with a coffee project in Uganda. As a result, we’re happy to be the first global retailer to make single-origin coffee from the White Nile region broadly available.
Learn more about the special PÅTÅR coffee and our work with Social Entrepreneurs
PÅTÅR special edition is a single-origin high-quality 100% Arabica coffee from the White Nile region in Uganda. It’s a fresh and fruity medium roast with hints of vanilla and caramel.
For a great cup of coffee
IKEA coffee beans come from family farms and small-scale cooperatives in South America, with the recent addition of Uganda in Africa. All our coffee is both UTZ certified and organically grown according to EU standards without the use of chemicals and pesticides. UTZ works to improve a number of areas for farmers, including growing methods. This helps to lower costs and increase crop quality and yields, which improves the livelihoods of farmers. Workers earn a better income and farmers get a fairer share of the profits. It means their children can go to school and have time for play too.
Learn more about food that is good in more ways than one
Hand harvesting of ripe coffee cherries.
Weaving a better future
Today there are a number of hand-made rugs in the IKEA range. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials, and they all share the uniqueness and high quality that come from great craftmanship. Above all, the rugs are made in regulated weaving centers, established by IKEA and our suppliers in India and Bangladesh, as a way to secure decent working conditions and fair pay. The most recent additions to our hand-made rugs range are BRÖNDEN, KOLLUND and KÖPENHAMN.
Read more about our hand-made rugs and how they make a difference in people’s lives
BRÖNDEN rug is low pile, multcolour wool rug that is handwoven in India and Bangladesh.
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The IKEA Concept
At the heart of the IKEA concept is our vision - to create a better everyday life for the many people.
At IKEA, we believe that design is for everyone. We strive to create products that are beautiful, functional, sustainable, high quality and affordable. Like the LISABO coffee table in ash veneer, winner of the international Red Dot award for design.
Democratic Design
We feel good design combines form, function, quality, sustainability at a low price. We call it “Democratic Design” - we believe good home furnishing is for everyone.
We believe in choosing materials responsibly, and we aim for renewable, recycled or recyclable resources whenever possible.
Choosing materials
We believe in choosing materials responsibly, and we aim for renewable, recycled or recyclable resources whenever possible.
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About the IKEA Group
We are a values-driven company with a passion for life at home. The design of IKEA home furnishing products starts with understanding of people's lives at home.
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People & Planet
Working for a positive impact on people and the planet is about supporting a healthier and more sustainable life at home, using energy and resources in a more sustainable way – and taking responsibility for people and communities.
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Working at the IKEA Group
We believe that each and everyone has something unique to offer. So discover what it’s like to work at IKEA, and see our available jobs.
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On the factory floor
We believe that good ideas can come from anywhere. Together with our suppliers, we always look for new and smarter ways of doing things.
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Find out more about what’s going on at IKEA.
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IKEA Highlights
IKEA Highlights are stories from all over the IKEA world, describing this year’s accomplishments.