We're taking the next big steps

At IKEA, we want to make it easier for our customers to recycle our products and prolong their life.Using more renewable materials is part of IKEA's plan to become circular and climate positive.Using more renewable and recycled materials is part of IKEA's work to become circular and climate positive.
We’ve already achieved a lot when it comes to being people and planet positive, but there is so much more to do! In our journey to become a circular and climate positive business, our aim is to use more renewable and recycled materials, eliminate waste in our operations and change the way we design products and the services we offer customers to prolong the life of products and see products as resources for the future.
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By 2030 our ambition is to inspire and enable more than 1 billion people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet
Investing in renewable energy
Urgent action is needed to tackle climate change, which is why the IKEA Group is committed to producing as much renewable energy as it consumes in its operations by 2020.
Investments in wind and solar
Since 2009, IKEA Group has invested EUR 1.7 billion in renewable energy. We have committed to own and operate 416 offsite wind turbines and have installed around 750,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings.
Investing in wind and solar, IKEA will produce as much renewable energy as we consume by 2020.
Use the sun to power your everyday life and manage electricity usage more efficiently with Home solar from IKEA.
A good life at home starts on the roof
Home solar from IKEA makes it possible for you as a homeowner to use the sun to power everyday life and manage electricity usage more efficiently. It gives more control of your energy bills while helping the planet with clean, renewable energy. However, up till now the cost of solar solutions has been out of reach for many. In order to fight climate change we have made our solar offer affordable and available for more people.
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Did you know solar panels can cut your electricity bills by up to 50%?
”Together with our more than 800 million visitors we have a big role to play in society. We also have a huge opportunity to make clean energy available to the many customers around the world.”
Pia Heidenmark-Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, INGKA Holding B.V. and its controlled entities.
Find out more in Saving Energy
IKEA Home Solar: It’s easy
Ready to bring a little sunshine into your home? IKEA Home Solar includes solar panels to be fitted on the roof, and an easy control system that monitors production. It is a cost-efficient solution that allows your home to generate its own power, reduce carbon emission – and save money at the same time.
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It’s easy to buy
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It’s easy to install
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It’s easy to use
We’ve gone all in with LED
Did you know LED uses up to 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years?
Did you know
LED uses up to
85% less energy
than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years?
We’re big fans of wood
We love wood because it’s durable, renewable and recyclable. As one of the largest users of wood in the retail sector, we always look for ways to use it wisely. Watch our films to learn about the work we do to protect and conserve this precious resource.
Download the overview of how we are becoming Forest Positive 2020
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Becoming Forest Positive
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Listen to Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group discuss the goal of becoming ”forest positive” by 2020.
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See how forestry specialist Egle Petrylaite works closely with our suppliers to make sure wood is sourced responsibly.
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Clear standards for responsible forestry
Our IWAY Forestry Standard sets clear requirements for all wood used in IKEA products. This includes a ban on wood that has been illegally harvested from sources involved in forest-related social conflicts, or from High Conservation Value Forests. All suppliers must comply with the standard before they can start deliveries. We improve our relationships with suppliers with certification audits to check compliance. Download our IWAY Forestry Standard to learn more (PDF)
 WWF Map that shows IKEA & WWF collaborations in Lithuania, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, China and Laos
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Certifying forests together with WWF
We work with WWF and others to combat illegal logging and promote responsible timber trade. IKEA and WWF have worked together since 2002 to support credible forest certification. The work includes mapping and protecting High Conservation Value Forests to secure biological and social forest values. So far, we have helped to improve forest management in Europe and Asia, and contributed to increasing FSC® certified forest areas by around 35 million hectares (about the size of Germany) in the countries where we work together. Visit the WWF site to learn more about our partnership
Making things right when things go wrong
Several years ago we discovered tropical hardwood fibres in some of our paper products. This is not in line with our standards. After a full investigation, we improved our internal procedures to make sure this couldn’t happen again.
Preventing the use of illegally logged walnut
Our forestry experts detected illegal logging of walnut in China about five years ago. So, we stopped using this wood in our products. As a result, the MOLGER bathroom series is now made of birch from certified forests.
Learn more about how we work with forestry
In addition to suppliers meeting our IWAY Forestry Standard, the volume of wood from more sustainable sources – recycled wood and wood from forests certified by the FSC® – increased to 50% in 2015. We are aiming for 100% by 2020. Visit the FSC® website to learn more about this effort
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Download The IWAY Forestry and Forest Stewardship Council® Standards (PDF)Download the Sustainability Strategy, People & Planet Positive (PDF)
We´re all-in for cotton from
more sustainable sources
Since Sep 1 2015, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is either recycled, or grown with less water, chemical fertiliser and pesticide, while increasing profit margins for farmers.
We’re proud about our progress, but our journey to improve the cotton industry doesn’t end here. Through projects in our sourcing countries, we aim to further improve farmers’ profitability and reduce the environmental impact of cotton farming. By sharing our experiences with the wider industry, our long-term goal is to transform the entire cotton market.
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A baby wrapped in a white/beige baby towel with a hood, sitting in her mothers knee.
Why more sustainable cotton matters
Cotton is one of our most important raw materials. You’ll find it in many IKEA products, from sofas and cushions to bed sheets and mattresses. Although we love working with cotton, we were uncomfortable with the fact that growing cotton in the conventional way is often harmful to the environment and the people involved.
When grown conventionally, cotton farming uses large amounts of chemicals and water. This practice often leads to significant health risks to farmers, soil erosion and water scarcity. It also leads to higher costs, and since most cotton is grown on small farms in developing countries, many farmers struggle to make a profit.
So, we decided to find a way to tackle these challenges and made a commitment to improve the cotton industry.
Taking action to transform the cotton industry
Over a decade ago, IKEA began taking steps to transform the way cotton is produced. Along with WWF and others, we helped set up the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which aims to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
Since 2005, we have been working with WWF to make cotton farming more sustainable. Our work began with 500 farmers in Pakistan. In the beginning they were reluctant about the idea of changing their cultivation techniques. However after one year, the results were significant enough to inspire more farmers to join our projects in India and Pakistan.
Through hands-on training and field schools, together with our partners we have helped around 110,000 farmers learn more sustainable farming methods. This initiative has enabled farmers to cut costs, increase their profits and improve their working conditions. As a result, they can afford a better quality of life for their families, including schooling for their children. We are continuing our work in this field and are hoping to see an industry-wide change in the future.
Find out more about how we work with our Code of conduct IWAY to secure e.g working conditions and minimum requirements for environment at our suppliers.
Cotton farmers kneeling down in a cotton field inspecting the soil.
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Making a lasting impact
We’re pleased to have reached our 100% target, but we won’t stop there. IKEA is committed to creating positive change throughout the entire cotton industry. Our vision is that more sustainable cotton becomes a mainstream material - affordable and accessible to many people beyond our business. We are pleased to have reached this milestone, but we’re not stopping there. One of our main focus areas now is water.
Of the total cotton we use in IKEA products, 18% is recycled cotton, 69% Better Cotton and the remaining “towards better cotton” (on its way to become Better Cotton), and other more sustainable cotton. In 2016, we used more than 131 000 MT of cotton.
Cotton from more sustainable sources
Of the total cotton we use in IKEA products, 18% is recycled cotton. The remaining 82% comes from these sources: Better Cotton: 69%, towards better cotton*, and other more sustainable cotton, such as the E3 program in the US: 13%.
In calendar year 2016, we used more than 131 000 MT of cotton.
* Towards better cotton is a standard developed by IKEA following the same principles and criteria as Better Cotton, on its way to become Better Cotton.
IKEA is committed to using water as efficiently as possible. Based on the WWF’s water stewardship model, we are reducing the impact of our own operations and our suppliers’ operation, supporting sustainable water management, cotton production included.
Becoming water positive
We at IKEA are committed to being water positive, using it as efficiently as possible and promoting water stewardship throughout and beyond our own sphere of operations and on into the wider world. Based on the WWF’s water stewardship model, we are working to reduce the impact of our own operations and our suppliers’ operation, supporting sustainable water management in river basins and increasing people’s access to clean water. And our work to become water positive focuses on cotton, because cotton is one of the most high-impact crops when it comes to water. We provide farmers with training on better water management practices, and establish community-based Water User Associations. This means farmers grow with less water, so more water can be diverted to other uses.
Learn more about how we work with cotton and our partnerships
Since Sep 1, 2015, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is grown with less water, chemical fertiliser and pesticide, while increasing profit margins for farmers.
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Treating water with respect. IKEA aims to become water positive by promoting water stewardship throughout our value chain.
Treating water with respect
Water is necessary for life – but clean, fresh water is something of a luxury in some parts of the world. That is why water, both when it comes to quantity and quality, is an important issue for IKEA and our suppliers. We aim to become water positive by promoting water stewardship throughout our value chain. By working with others, we will contribute to improved water management and awareness on water issues in all areas where we operate, focusing on both water use and water quality. This is just the start. Through our continued efforts and by working with WWF, we are on the way to being better water stewards.
Becoming water positive. Across our operations, IKEA is looking in to different ways of reducing, reusing and recycling water.
Becoming water positive
The IKEA Group is committed to being water positive – using water as efficiently as possible in our operations, and promoting good water stewardship throughout and beyond our business. We are all responsible for making sure that freshwater is properly looked after because it is something that we all share and need. Across our operations, we are looking in to different ways of reducing, reusing and recycling water.
Our distribution centres in France invested in capturing rainwater to use in their fire sprinkler systems, saving almost 4,800m3 of water a year, equivalent to almost two Olympic sized swimming pools.
Toilets use a lot of water. In the UK we installed waterless urinals and in Northern Ireland, Spain and several other countries, we are using rainwater from the roof of our store to flush the toilets.
In the Netherlands, we reduced water consumption in IKEA restaurants by installing water meters to help us understand where our biggest impact is and target our efforts.
We need a lot of water to preserve wooden logs in the IKEA factory in Wielbark, Poland. Instead of using drinking water to keep the logs wet, we harvest rainwater. And that doesn’t go to waste either – we treat and recycle it.
Mouth-blown glass vases on a windowsill, made of melted glass in various marble shades from leftover glass remnants.
Thinking in circles
At IKEA, we always look for ways to make more from less. But to help our customers create a better life at home, in a world where resources are scarce, we have to up our game. We need to rethink everything from the materials we use, to how we power our stores, and how we can make our products live longer in a cycle of repair, reuse, and recycling.
Throughout our value chain, we aim to use renewable and recycled resources as efficiently as possible, to make sure that we create value rather than waste. And when you bring the products home, we want to help you make them live longer, or give them a new life when you no longer need them.
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Instead of letting space be a limitation, IKEA PLATSA storage optimises the space you have.
Doing things right from the start
To make the world a more sustainable place we have to begin somewhere. By planning for our products’ next life at the design stage, we get a head start. To make more from less, we also use materials that are renewable and recycled and from more sustainable sources. Our products must last as long as they are needed and be easy to care for, repair, reuse, reassemble, and recycle. The better we do this, the better for people and the planet.
A second, third or even fourth life. Maybe your new PLATSA storage will start its life as a media bench in the living room, to then transform into a wardrobe under the slanting ceiling of the bedroom ─ and then a few years later become the home to all outerwear in your new hallway. With PLATSA storage system, we wanted to create a simple, yet beautiful, solution that can follow you on all the winding roads of life.
PLATSA takes flexibility to a whole new level. So, instead of letting space be a limitation, this lightweight storage system optimises the space you have. It opens up to build under, above or around - mixing functions and styles as you wish. PLATSA uses wedge dowels, a click-technique that drastically reduces time taken to assemble and disassemble. We think this prolongs the life of your PLATSA and goes hand in hand with a more sustainable lifestyle.
See PLATSA series
You can build IKEA PLATSA storage in tricky spaces, even under the stairs.Build IKEA PLATSA storage to optimise the space you have, open or closed.
An image showing the REINSVOLL wardrobe doors, made of recycled wood and plastic foil from recycled PET bottles, in a bedroom setting.
Old materials, new surfaces. Call us cheap, but we don’t like throwing things away. We see waste for what it really is – a resource – and look for ways to use more recycled materials in our products. That’s why we created the REINSVOLL wardrobe door. It’s made of recycled wood covered with plastic foil made from recycled PET bottles. No new wood needed, and no new plastic made from oil. And although REINSVOLL is a sustainable choice, of course it doesn’t compromise on quality, design or price.
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Pioneering kitchen fronts. REINSVOLL isn’t our first product made entirely from 100% recycled FSC(R) certified wood and PET-bottles. The KUNGSBACKA kitchen fronts, with their sleek design and anti-fingerprint surface, have the same origin.
Every year, about 100 billion PET water bottles are used worldwide but only 30% are recycled. By giving them a new life as foil for doors and kitchen fronts, we show that recycling is not only the right thing to do, it also results in beautiful new products.
Close-up of the all-round ISTAD re-sealable bags, now made from bioplastic that is both renewable and recyclable.
Can 1,4 billion re-sealable plastic bags make a difference? We hope so, as we proudly present our first ever large-scale bioplastic product. It’s the all-round plastic bag ISTAD that is now made mostly 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.
And, although bioplastic 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.
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“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.
Being made from sugarcanes, the bioplastic in ISTAD is both renewable
and recyclable.
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No ordinary box. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
To us, the practical storage box KUGGIS, made from recycled PET plastic bottles,
is one of those gems. Flexible, good looking and recyclable, it will be your best friend for storage – over and over again.
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Did you know?
Bioplastic is a material made from a renewable feedstock such as agricultural products and by-products. It can also be made from other renewable carbon sources, like biogas.
Changing to bioplastic is a move towards our goal to only use renewable or recycled plastic in our home furnishing products, and to contribute to a transformation of the plastic industry.
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Did you know?
By 2020, 90% of the waste
from our own operations will be recycled or energy recovered.
80% of the waste from our stores and distribution centers will be material recycled.
Towards zero waste
At IKEA Group we have decided to eliminate waste from all our operations and to be energy independent by 2020. This is no small feat, but together with suppliers, partners and customers we have the goal within reach.
IKEA of Sweden is also working through the whole supply chain with suppliers and partners to produce and distribute our products in the most efficient way. This includes minimizing waste in our value chain, and turning it into a resource by using it to make new products.
Read more about our investments in renewable energy here
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Did you know?
In 2016, 89% of waste is recycled or energy recovered across our operations.
Two mouth-blown glass vases on a windowsill, both made of melted glass in various marble shades from leftover glass remnants.
The beauty of broken glass. The glass used to produce the IKEA PS 2017 vase has a story to tell. Having been rejected in its first life due to bubbles or other defects,
the broken glass is re-melted and mouth blown by skilled craftsmen into mass-produced items. Yet the character of each piece of glass lives on, bringing
a unique mix of colours and patterns to each vase. By re-using the glass instead of discarding it as waste, we save on valuable and limited resources, while bringing
extra character to your home.
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Step on it. TÅNUM is hand-made, giving each rug its own individual beauty. And even better – we use recycled cotton from our own operations to make it. More than 90% of the material used is leftover fabric from bed linen production. When you step on a TÅNUM rug you leave a smaller environmental footprint.
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Give things another chance
At IKEA we want our customers to love and care for our products as long as possible – and even if they don’t, we do. Across our network of stores we try smarter and more planet-friendly ways to prolong the life of our products. In Belgium for example, we offer our customers five options to give furniture a second life: selling old IKEA-furniture in the store, renewing it by repainting or reassembling, repairing by offering replacement parts, returning old furniture through our transport service and donating to social organisations.
On a global basis we offer all customers replacement parts, and most markets have mattress takeback initiatives where you can return your old mattress when buying a new one. Seize the opportunity to breathe new life into your old furniture or give it a new life in our care.
Food you can feel good about
We want to offer affordable food that’s delicious, sustainable and nutritionally balanced. That’s why we include a variety of more sustainable and healthier options at our IKEA Restaurants, IKEA Bistros and IKEA Swedish Food Markets. We select the ingredients we use for our food carefully - which is also why we work with certifications to ensure our products meet standards of environmental and social responsibility. And we are also working hard to minimise the amount of food waste in our stores.
No chemicals are used when extracting the oils from the seeds in the IKEA SMAKRIK rapeseed oil production.
No chemicals are used when extracting the oils from the seeds in the SMAKRIK rapeseed oil production.
The farmers that contribute to the IKEA SMAKRIK rapeseed oils follow strict standards for agriculture that is good for both people and the planet.
Organic farming and busy bees
SMAKRIK is the newest addition to our organic food range. The farmers that contribute to the rapeseed oils follow strict standards for agriculture that is good for both people and the planet. No synthetic pesticides or fertilisers are sprayed on the fields – much to the joy of bees and other insects that gladly help with pollination in return. Besides preserving biodiversity, organic farming helps to maintain soil health too.
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See how we combine high organic standards with good taste.
See the SMAKRIK rapeseed oils
You can always find organic food at IKEA Swedish Food Market,
We’ve picked some great organic options for you
You can always find organic food at our Swedish Food Market, like lingonberry jam, coffee and cookies. We also offer at least one organic meal on the menu at our restaurants, as well as an organic children’s meal.
Help coffee growers give you better coffee
IKEA coffee beans come from family farms and small-scale cooperatives in countries like Honduras, Mexico, and Peru. The 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 get 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.
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You like the coffee, so meet the growers
You get great coffee, and the growers get a better income
Since 2008, all coffee sold and served at IKEA has been UTZ certified. The certification was a positive step towards better coffee, ensuring sustainable farming standards, better conditions and traceability back to the plantation. But it was just the beginning of the journey to create truly sustainable and delicious beans. Now, the coffee beans are organic too.
“Building on UTZ we also wanted our beans to be organically grown, meaning without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides”, says Jacqueline Macalister, responsible for Health and Sustainability at IKEA Food.
“This means healthier soils and less impact on the climate. Also, farmers are paid more for organic crops. That way they improve their livelihood while at the same time they’re safeguarding the environment.”
Get a cup of coffee from the PÅTÅR series
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PÅTÅR special edition:
Introducing a single-origin high-quality 100% Arabica coffee from Uganda
The large part of our PÅTÅR coffee originates from South America. Now we’re happy to add a special edition solely sourced in Africa to the list. Despite being the biggest coffee exporting country on the continent, the Ugandan coffee industry is primarily made up of small-scale farms that often face harsh business realities. When we’re introducing the first single-origin coffee to the IKEA Swedish Food Market – 100% Arabica beans from the White Nile region – we do it in cooperation with thousands of these Ugandan small-scale farmers, enabling them to grow and become more economically independent.
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.
Organic and UTZ is a good combination
All the coffee that we serve and sell in the IKEA Swedish Food Market, IKEA Bistro and the IKEA Restaurant is both organic according to EU standards and UTZ certified. The tasty beans meet strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and better conditions for workers. You can even trace the origin of the coffee that you buy, at
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Chocolate you can feel good about eating
The cocoa in IKEA labelled chocolate bars meets strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and better conditions for workers. Just look out for the UTZ Certified label in our Swedish Food Market. To trace the origin of the cocoa in your UTZ certified chocolate bar, visit
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Responsibly sourced seafood
Healthy and tasty fish make for healthy and happy customers. That’s why IKEA was part of a dialogue with global environmental experts to develop responsible salmon farming standards that are better for the fish and for the environment. All IKEA salmon comes from farms that are certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards.
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Responsible sourcing helps keep the ocean stocked
Today, 90% of the world’s fish stocks are fully exploited or over exploited
– by sourcing responsibly we can ensure fish stocks won’t decline further.
Making pearls from seaweed
Seaweed pearls are an environmentally friendly product, being made from kelp that’s available in the ocean. And kelp is a sustainable plant form too, growing at a rate of up to 50 cm per day. Our seaweed pearls are a great vegan caviar substitute, and don’t contribute to the depletion of fish stocks, as no fish eggs are taken as raw materials.
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Seafood you and your grandchildren can enjoy
All wild-caught fish and shrimps served and sold at IKEA come from fisheries which are independently certified to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. When you enjoy MSC certified seafood you can be sure you are supporting sustainable fishing and protecting seafood supplies for generations to come.
Find out how good SJÖRAPPORT series tastes here
A mix of fish, shrimps and ice, seen from above.
Enjoy veggies in a tasty ball
The development of a vegetable ball was driven by the fact that IKEA, as a responsible business, wanted to develop the food range to contain more sustainable products. Our vegetable balls are packed with fresh ingredients, such as chickpeas, green peas, carrots, bell peppers, corn and kale. You’ll enjoy a nutritious meal that is full of protein and nutrients. Plus, they come with a lower carbon footprint. All in all, they’re a delicious alternative to our iconic meatballs.
Get some veggies in your life and start healthy living
Fried vegetable balls in a frying pan made of cast iron, seen from above.
Moving towards zero waste
At IKEA, we think food should not be wasted, which is why we decided to work toward big goals: By the end of August 2020, we aim to halve food waste at IKEA. And further, 90% of all food waste should be recycled or turned into a resource such as compost or biogas.
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Waste sorting solutions can help reduce your impact on the environment
Small actions add up
Find out what makes IKEA an inspiring place to work. Hear directly from See how waste sorting can help reduce your impact on the environment. Go to Sustainable Life at Home
Empowering girls and women helps create holistic solutions to poverty and child labour
Putting people first
We’re helping to create a better everyday life for people around the world. Learn about People & Communities