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Local Efforts

Wherever we are, we act with respect to exert a positive impact on people and on the limited resources of our planet.

IKEA always tries to do more with less. This goes hand in hand with our environmental work - to use natural resources in an economical and prudent way.

IKEA Malaysia is involved in many national and local activities. Below you can read our local efforts.
Soft Toys

Soft toys fund project

Thanks to great global IKEA customer support and purchases, the IKEA Foundation had raised and donated nearly €57 million to UNICEF and Save the Children projects to extend and start new children’s educational programs in developing countries.

In 2012, the IKEA Damansara store had raised RM120,908 and sold 30,227 soft toys. For the Give Twice local community initiative, the soft toys were handed to UNICEF and UNHCR (Malaysia based) to decide accordingly which local charity they will give the toys to.

Since 2003, the annual Soft Toy campaign has enabled donations of nearly €57 million, which has supported and helped 10 million children in almost 45 countries worldwide.

The IKEA Foundation believes all children should have access to a quality education. Thanks to this donation, UNICEF and Save the Children can extend current projects and start new ones in 22 countries including Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. The projects contribute to better water and toilet facilities in schools, improve access to education for minority children, provide educational supplies and train teachers in child-friendly teaching techniques.

*€1 is approximately RM 4.

Earth Hour at IKEA

Earth Hour is organised by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

It is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.

In 2012, IKEA Malaysia organised a dinner during Earth Hour from 8.30pm - 9.30pm on 31 March 2012. All proceeds collected at the IKEA Restaurant during this hour was donated to WWF Malaysia in support
of their conservation and outreach efforts. The IKEA building facade and external lights was also switched off during Earth Hour.

The SUNNAN solar-lit dinner at the IKEA Restaurant during Earth Hour 2011 was a huge success! We not just turned off the façade and external lights during Earth Hour, but also switched off the IKEA Restaurant lights for dinners lit by our SUNNAN solar-lamps. A total of RM7,231.63 collected from sales proceeds at the IKEA Restaurant during this hour was donated to WWF Malaysia to support their outreach and conservation efforts in Malaysia.
Christmas Tree

Recyling IKEA Christmas Trees

From 1 - 15 January 2012, IKEA donated RM10 to the Malaysian Nature Society for every IKEA Christmas tree brought back, to support their environmental efforts. All trees collected are shredded and re-used as fuel.

Thank you for your support.

Bag For Life

We are taking a step forward to show our commitment to be an environmentally responsible company. Together we can make a small change
that will have a positive impact on the environment.

Starting 1 July 2011, we will no longer offer plastic bags, to help minimise the negative impact which plastic bags have on the environment.

We encourage you to bring your own reusable bag when you shop. Or you can purchase the iconic reusable IKEA blue bag if you need one at the check-out counters, it comes in three sizes. Alternatively, you can pick up free carton boxes for
re-use after the check-out counters.

All profits raised from the reusable IKEA blue bags will be donated to Malaysian Nature Society, also known as Persatuan Pencinta Alam Malaysia, to continue our support for conservation projects in Malaysia. We will also work with other new key conservation partners to continue our commitment
to always find new ways to make environmental responsibility a vital part of our everyday business.

Be A Key Person This World Environment Day

Thank you for being A KEY PERSON during our Allen Key Recycling campaign. We collected 945 Allen Keys between 5 June - 10 July 2011 and they have been sent off for recycling.

The Allen Key is a small iconic IKEA product made from highly-recyclable material - do not let it go unnoticed at home or let it disappear into your trash bin. Look around your home for any IKEA Allen Keys and bring them back to IKEA.

Simply drop them off in the box located near the Exchange & Returns counter. All Allen Keys collected will be sent for recycling.

Make a little effort for the environment. Every resource counts - big or small.

Low Energy Bulbs

As a responsible company, IKEA disposes its used bulbs in a responsible way - this is a small step but a giant leap in ensuring a better environment for the future. IKEA is encouraging its customers to practice proper disposal of used bulbs because it contains mercury that pose an environment and safety hazard when disposed in normal landfills.

IKEA will help dispose your used bulbs, just drop them off in the bins at the Exchange & Returns counter. If the bulb is broken, put it in a can with lid.

IKEA engages a waste management contractor to crush all used bulbs using a "bulb eater". The "bulb eater" have activated carbon filters that capture and neutralize the mercury vapor released from bulb during the crushing process. The crushed bulbs and filters are disposed off in a secure landfill in Bukit Nanas, Seremban.

World Environment Day 2010

5 June 2010, World Environment Day, marks the first anniversary of IKEA Malaysia's Say "No" to Plastic Bags initiative. Since June 2009, IKEA Malaysia has discontinued distribution of free plastic bags to raise awareness of its pollution to the environment and to encourage reduction in the usage of plastic bags. By charging 20sen for each bio-degradable plastic bag, IKEA hopes that it will encourage customers to bring their own reusable bag to shop.

A total of RM91,027.20 has been collected during the first year of this initiative. The proceeds go to an on-going Mangrove Tree Planting project at Kuala Selangor Nature Park.

80 IKEA co-workers and members of the media came together on this day for IKEA’s first Mangrove Tree Planting session at Kuala Selangor Nature Park. 400 mangrove saplings were planted to help reduce the harmful effects of carbon dioxide emissions, which is the major threat to global warming. This is an on-going mangrove trees planting project at Kuala Selangor Nature Park, which IKEA Malaysia is supporting with the proceeds from the sales of biodegradable plastic bags.

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