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Make a difference without leaving your home

At IKEA we offer loads of affordable products and solutions to help you live a more sustainable life at home. They may seem like small things – LED bulbs, recycling waste baskets, food storage containers, and the like – but that’s the beauty of small actions: they all add up!


Let’s make the switch to LED

By 2016, all the lighting that we sell at IKEA will be LED. It means that we’re gradually phasing out all other types of light bulb. Don’t worry – you can use LED light bulbs in all your favourite lamps. And, even better, we’ll be able to bring you lots of exciting new lighting possibilities as well.


“Lighting can play a really strong part in sustainability”

James Futcher, Product Developer

IKEA pendant lamps with LED technology

Go ahead, buy yourself something nice

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are really energy efficient. LED bulbs use up to 85% less power and shine up to 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Switch to LED and you’ll see a big difference in your electricity bills.

And each diode is tiny, so we can create new forms of lighting that are even more beautiful, inspiring and unique. Saving energy and money has never looked so good.
E14 LED light bulb from IKEA

Six reasons to switch to LED

  1. They use up to 85% less energy and last up to 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs
  2. Bulbs come in many sizes, with bases to fit standard lamp sockets
  3. LEDs are cool to the touch (they don’t waste energy on heat)
  4. They’re bright enough to find a splinter in a tiny thumb
  5. An 8-watt LED bulb = a 40-watt incandescent bulb
  6. Designer LED lights have shades that can cast cool patterns on a ceiling or corner
energy efficient KLOR LED lamp from IKEA

Brilliant ideas can come from anywhere

As soon as we saw that we could make the benefits of LED affordable, replacing our whole lighting range seemed the bright thing to do.

An LED bulb might seem expensive at first. But it could be 20 years before you need to change it. And you’ll spend much less on electricity in the meantime.

We asked Nicklas Fransson, an IKEA Product Developer, to explore the possibilities. He spotted some large showerheads at a bathroom shop in Hong Kong. “Hmm, shower heads are getting bigger and LEDs are getting smaller,” he thought.

“I bet there would be room for a lot of LEDs inside a shower head.”

With the KLOR pendant lamp, we turned his idea into reality. Underneath, each diode has a lens that looks like a drop of water. They look great and spread light evenly across the table.

Both beautiful and functional, the KLOR pendant lamp shows how inspiration can strike anywhere.

LED bulbs use up to 85% less energy and last up to 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs.



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Watch your
water boil

There’s a saying, “A watched pot never boils.”
Well, it does if you use induction cooking.

woman cooking on energy efficient induction burner from IKEA

Only a few years ago, an induction burner was out of reach for many people, so we decided to dramatically reduce our prices to make sure they would become much more affordable.

What’s the magic behind induction technology? It’s basically a type of magnetic field technology that only heats the pan – not the entire burner or the surrounding air – so only a small amount of heat is wasted.

The result? Well, two litres of water can be brought to a boil in just five minutes on an induction burner, while it takes as much as 10 minutes on a glass-ceramic burner.

You’ll be seeing a lot more induction burners from us moving forward as we have plans to focus our range efforts on this energy-saving technology.

family in kitchen WITH A+rated appliances

A cool way to save

What takes up the most electricity in your home? For most, it’s major appliances like a refrigerator or a freezer. Yes, it’s a big-ticket item, but replacing an old refrigerator or freezer maximizes your energy and money savings. A new fridge that has been “A+ rated” in Europe can use half the amount of the electricity that a typical 10-year-old fridge needs to do the job.

But we think you shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for energy savings. So we made our entire line of fridges and freezers A+ rated in Europe, and sell them at low prices so more people around the world can afford them.



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Your sustainable- living heroes: the rug and the curtain

There are lots of simple ways to save energy at home. One is right under your feet.

bare feet on a soft IKEA rug and lightblocking curtains

Since many homes lose heat through the floors, area rugs are the unsung heroes of low-cost, quick-fix energy solutions. They also do a good job of making you feel warmer.

Another way to save energy and regulate indoor temperatures is to use textiles to insulate your window and door openings.

Hang thick curtains in front of a window or a door with a wind draft – especially in unused rooms or garage entries – to help keep heat inside a room during winter. In summer, use a lightweight curtain to block direct sun heat while allowing light to filter through.



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Doing good, one plastic bottle at a

woman using IKEA recycling products

Recycling is something everybody can do – from small homes to big businesses. When we recycle, materials like paper, plastic, and metal can be used again to make new products, instead of taking new resources out of the Earth. If we all pitch in, we can help conserve raw materials for future generations.

Recycling is easy once you figure out a system that works for you and get into the habit of it.

We understand that space can be an issue so we’ve developed several solutions to help keep your recycling piles under control.
IKEA DIMPA recycling bag

DIMPA recycling bins
This range of waste sorting bags makes it easy – and affordable – to sort dry-recyclable leftovers. We made DIMPA out of wipe-clean plastic and in sizes that are easy to take to the recycling station.
RETUR waste sorting bins for a sustainable living

RETUR recycling system
Great for small spaces or when there’s no room under the sink. We made our freestanding RETUR system in three different sizes so you can customize your own recycling station. Made from easy-clean plastic, they all have built-in handles so they’re easy to lift and transport.
RATIONELL waste sorting bins for a sustainable living

RATIONELL recycling series
With our RATIONELL waste sorting system, you can separate your recyclables right away in your kitchen. Simply open your cabinets or drawers and toss in scraps as you work. The bins are easy to lift and carry; lids lock in odours. RATIONELL is made to fit 40, 60, or 80 cm base cabinets.

Approximately 1/3 of global food produced for people is lost or thrown away.

RARITET and IKEA 365+ food savers

So, how much food are you planning on throwing away this week?

Of course no one sits down to dinner with the intention of throwing food away. But many households may end up throwing away as much as a quarter of the food they buy. When you think about it as one out of four grocery bags, it’s easy to get motivated to do something about it. Here are some smart product solutions that can help you save money on your next food bill.

RARITET food storage
We tend to eat what we see, which is why we made RARITET out of see-through plastic that can go into your dishwasher, freezer, and microwave. These clever products stack, store, and measure so you make the most of your space, time and, money – three resources that we could all use more of!

All products in RARITET series

IKEA 365+ food storage
The largest food container in this series has a removable grid in the bottom so liquids and condensation seeps below and food stays fresher for longer. Tight lids also make food last longer and taste better; a steam release vent allows for quick and even heating in the microwave.

We currently use the Earth’s resources as if we have 1.5 planets worth of resources.

RARITET food savers on top of each other

Four easy ways to reduce your food waste and save money

1. Box it up
As soon as you get home from the grocery store, chop and store perishable foods such as carrots and celery sticks in see-through or marked containers for quick-grab snacks.

2. Plan carefully
Leftovers are great but who wants to eat spicy black bean soup five nights in a row? Make weekly dinner menus and store leftovers in the freezer for lunch another day.

3. Move your inventory
Store the little leftovers in small, see-through containers and stack them up so everybody can see what’s inside.

4. Take the easy route
Use an energy efficient microwave as your personal sous chef on
leftover night.


energy efficient cooking of fish in steamer insert in IKEA pot

Energy-saving solutions for fine dining at home

Making small changes in the way you cook can add up to big savings in time, energy, and money.

energy efficient cooking with STABIL

An added benefit is that some of these techniques create meals that are even more flavourful and nutritious than conventional cooking methods. Here are a couple of solutions that will have your family clamouring for seconds.

STABIL steaming and boiling inserts
Why not make the most of your burner heat with STABIL pot inserts? The steaming insert lets you steam broccoli to a bright green colour while the linguini happily boils to al dente perfection. Space saving and versatile, they can be stacked on top of each other inside your pot for super-efficient cooking on small burners. The STABIL boiling insert separates food so you can cook and serve all from one pot of boiling water.
saving energy and time with a DILLKÖTT pressure cooker

DILLKÖTT pressure cooker
Pressure cookers have been around for a while, producing a variety of meals with preserved flavours and vitamins, cutting cooking time nearly in half. DILLKÖTT pressure cooker reduces cooking time and energy consumption considerably. From canning peaches to Coq au vin, this powerhouse cooktop is a time-proven, energy-saving tool.

Your pasta water boils up to 75% faster with a lid on it!



IKEA kitchen with woman standing on stool reaching for herbs

Tapping into more ways to use less water

child playing in a washbasin

Experts say that less than three percent of the water on Earth is fresh water and most is frozen in glaciers and ice caps. We can all contribute to conserving this precious, shared resource – all it takes is a call to a plumber.

Switching an old-fashioned kitchen or bathroom tap to one from IKEA can reduce water use by 30 percent or more. What’s the secret? Well, a pressure compensating aerator, a little device inside the tap that restricts the flow of water without reducing the pressure. By adding a bit of air to the flow, we help you save water and hopefully money too.

Households account for around 10% of all fresh water consumption.



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Finding value (and our values!) in IKEA products

Doing more with less and acting responsibly. These action based values are not new to IKEA. In fact, they define our business and explain the “why” behind what we do. Take wood and cotton for example; two of our most important raw materials. They are both renewable, and we work hard to make sure they come from forests and fields that are managed responsibly, with people and the environment in mind.
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