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We’re creating positive changes

A close-up of hands picking cotton.
For a long time we have been making more from less; it’s part of our heritage. We’re also busy turning waste into resources, sourcing food and materials in a responsible way and protecting natural resources. And because we want to become energy independent, we’re making the switch to renewable energy.
Becoming energy independent
We want to have a positive impact on the environment, and be part of the solution to climate change, which is why by 2020 we’re going to be 100% renewable – producing as much renewable energy as we consume using renewable sources, such as the wind and sun. We’re also making our buildings more efficient, so we need less energy to run them. Download the Sustainability Strategy - People & Planet Positive PDF
Download the IKEA Group position on climate and energy PDF
Men installing solar panels on an IKEA store
We’ve installed more than 700,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings around the world.
Young child with watering can watering plants in the kitchen
Climate action starts at home
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people- which includes a more sustainable life. To help us understand how best to inspire and enable millions of IKEA customers to take action on climate change, we turned to over 14,000 customers in 14 countries to ask for their help.

Download the Climate Action Research Report 2018- PDF
Bird’s eye view of an IKEA store with solar panels
We plan to become energy independent
We’re already on our way by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.
A wind farm
How we’ll reach our goal
We have committed $1.6 billion to invest up until 2015 (mainly in wind and solar power) to help us reach our goal of energy independence.
By the end of 2020 we will produce as much renewable energy as we consume
Shipping more products, less air
We send our products around the world, but we would like to avoid shipping air at the same time. This is where “fill rate” comes in – the share of the space in trucks and containers that’s actually used. More products per load means fewer trucks, trains and boats and a sizeable drop in CO2 emissions. Our goal is to increase our fill rate from 63 percent (today’s rate) to 70 percent. That’s more than it sounds like, since weight restrictions often prevent us from filling containers and trucks all the way to the top.
IKEA store employee moving products stacked on a paper pallet
Switching from wood to paper pallets reduced our footprint of transporting IKEA products by 75,000 tons of CO2 per year.
VIDJA lamp
Going back to simple
We’re always looking for ways to improve products. For example, we redesigned our VIDJA lamp, making it easier to assemble by eliminating 24 of the 33 components. This reduced the packaging weight by 28% and because there’s less volume, we can fit 128 lamps on a pallet, where there were previously only 80 lamps. See the VIDJA table lamp
Thinking outside the box
Sometimes when we think a product can’t be improved we decide to try anyway. One of our product designers found a way to pack the EKTORP sofa flatter and make the shipping box almost half the size. This cut down on shipping costs, lowered our CO2 emissions and lowered the price – with no change in quality! See the EKTORP sofa range
We're big fans of wood
We love wood because it’s durable, renewable, recyclable and beautiful. As one of the largest users of wood in the retail sector, we always look for ways to use it wisely and to source it according to high set standards. Our long-term goal is that all wood will come from more sustainable sources, defined as recycled or FSC® certified wood, by 2020.
“We’re promoting the adoption of sustainable forestry methods. We do this in order to influence others and also to contribute to the important work of ending deforestation”
- Mikhail Tarasov, Global forestry manager IKEA
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In 2017, we reached the goal of having 100% wood from more sustainable sources in countries with a history of challenges related to forest management.
In 2017, IKEA reached the goal of having 100% wood from more sustainable sources in several countries.
The IKEA HAVSTA storage family with Scandinavian design is made from solid wood that comes from sustainably managed forests.
HAVSTA, a storage family made from solid pine that has its roots in Scandinavian design and craftsmanship, is an example of products that only contain sustainably sourced wood.
All wood used in HAVSTA comes from sustainably managed forests that lives up to strict requirements covering e.g. environmental, social and economic aspects. The wood is responsibly harvested in pine forests mainly in Russia and Poland.
See the HAVSTA series
Responsible sourcing
Approaching 2020 and the goal of only using wood from more sustainable sources, more and more of our products only contain sustainably sourced wood. We also take great care to use the raw material in a responsible way – the wood is used so that unnecessary waste is minimized in production.
Tough demands on outdoor living
In the early 2000s, acacia’s positive properties were discovered in Malaysia – a very strong and long-lasting wood. At the time, it was not used for furniture at all, but was mainly grown for the paper industry. Today you’ll find acacia wood in ÄPPLARÖ, one of our most durable outdoor furniture series.
All acacia we use from Vietnam comes from FSC certified plantations. Together with our suppliers, smallholder farmers and partners like WWF, IKEA ensures that acacia is grown in a way that is better for the environment – and the local communities.
See the ÄPPLARÖ series
Acacia is a durable wood which works great for outdoor furniture such as IKEA ÄPPLARÖ series.All acacia within IKEA comes from sustainable certified plantations.
Acacia is a rot-resistant and durable wood which works great for outdoor furniture such as ÄPPLARÖ series.
Our acacia comes from certified plantations which are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.
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IKEA sources wood from 50 different countries in the world.
Did you know?
IKEA sources wood from 50 different countries. Mostly from Sweden, Poland, Russia, Lithuania and Germany.
More from less
Making more from less is part of the IKEA culture. Every piece of wood is cut and shaped so that unnecessary waste is minimized in production. The new SKOGSÅ worktop is a beautiful evidence of how we use resources wisely, while maintaining quality and durability. We constantly look for new and smarter ways to design and build our furniture to make sure you get the best possible product which impacts our planet the least.
Made with a thin layer technique,  IKEA SKOGSÅ worktop requires less raw material.
SKOGSÅ worktop is made with a thin layer technique where a three-millimeter solid wood surface is placed on particle board. This gives a durable surface that can handle humidity well. Apart from the benefits in the kitchen, the thin layer technique requires less raw material than a solid worktop. Plus it weighs 20% less than solid wood, so reduces emissions in transportation, and is easier to carry and handle.
Read more about thin-layer worktops on On the factory floor
Already produced to strict standards, the wood in INDUSTRIELL chair, table and bench is treated with even more care and respect. We made it a point to use as much of each pine tree as we could, keeping imperfections like knots and changes in the grain and color.
See INDUSTRIELL collection
The wood in IKEA INDUSTRIELL collection is a beautiful evidence of how we use resources wisely.
The EKORRE rocking-moose is made from rubberwood from responsibly managed forests in Asia. Instead of letting the wood become firewood for instance, we use it for furniture – and take better care of the planet’s resources by doing so.
See EKORRE rocking-moose
The rocking-moose IKEA EKORRE is made from rubberwood from responsibly managed forests in Asia.
Wood from more sustainable sources with FSC
FSC works with IKEA to take care of the world’s forests through responsible forest management. Together with WWF and FSC, IKEA works to protect ecosystems - and people’s livelihoods.
FSC works to take care of the world’s forests through responsible forest management, making sure we have forests for all forever. Forests house over two-thirds of known terrestrial species, and are home to 80% of terrestrial biodiversity. Our work together with WWF and FSC contributes to protect ecosystems - and people’s livelihoods. We are one of the world’s largest buyers of FSC certified wood in the retail sector and are also part of founding FSC, together with WWF.
In addition to suppliers meeting our strict IWAY Forestry Standard, the volume of wood from more sustainable sources – recycled wood and wood from forests certified by the FSC – increased to 77% in 2017. We are aiming for 100% by 2020.
Visit the FSC® website to learn more about this effort
Working together with WWF on responsible forest management
WWF is working with IKEA on cotton, forests and water. Around 35 million hectares forest areas have been FSC® certified in countries where IKEA work with WWF.
We work with WWF and others to combat illegal logging and promote responsible timber trade. Beginning with five forest projects in seven countries in 2002, today, we collaborate in 14 countries on a variety of projects to support credible forest certification which benefit both people and the environment. The work includes mapping and protecting High Conservation Value Forests to secure biological and social forest values.
“We have chosen to partner with WWF to help us on our journey towards being People and Planet Positive”, says Mikhail Tarasov, Global forestry manager IKEA. “WWF has deep expertise in the fields of forestry and timber market, and since wood is an important raw material for IKEA, it makes WWF a natural partner to help support and challenge us towards our ambitious sustainability goals.”
Visit the WWF site to learn more about our partnership
So far, we have helped to improve forest management in Europe and Asia, and contributed to increasing FSC® certified forest areas by over 85 million acres (about the size of Germany) in the countries where we work with WWF.
Sow A Seed: celebrating 20 years of
recreating nature
In 1983, more than 45,700 acres of rainforest in Sabah in the north-eastern part of Borneo was destroyed by fire. Today 30,000 acres (an area equal to 26,000 football fields) of rainforest have been brought back to life. Orangutans and baby elephants have rediscovered their natural habitat. And researchers around the world have been offered a unique insight into forest regeneration in what could be the biggest rainforest restoration project in the world.
And it all started with a simple desire: to make something better.
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100% committed to sustainable cotton
Cotton is one of our most important raw materials. You’ll find it in many products, from sofas and cushions to bed sheets and mattresses. Although we love working with cotton, we are uncomfortable with the fact that growing cotton in the conventional way is often harmful to the environment and the people involved. We have made a commitment to only use cotton grown in a responsible way in our products, for the benefit of our customers and the planet.
Since September 1st 2015, all the cotton in our products comes from more sustainable sources. We are pleased to have reached our 100% target, but we aren't satisfied and won't stop there. We are committed to creating a positive change throughout the entire cotton industry – more sustainable cotton needs to become a mainstream material beyond our business.
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Since September 1st 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 fertilizer and pesticides.
Since September 1st 2015, all the cotton used in IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources.
Cotton grown with care – your choice matters
When caring for your loved ones by creating a home with more sustainable cotton products, you are teaming up with us by choosing cotton grown with respect for people. This also means you are contributing to the well-being of cotton farmers and their families, and a less polluted world for your child to grow up in. Together, we can make a difference!
By choosing responsibly grown cotton you are contributing to a better future for your child.
The IKEA TOVSIPPA quilt cover with a floral pattern is made from 100% more sustainable cotton.
When making yourself comfortable with TOVSIPPA bed linen at night, don’t forget to feel good about having contributed to the wellbeing of the farmers that grew the cotton it’s made from. All cotton at IKEA is grown with less water, less fertilizers and less pesticides, while increasing profit margins for the farmers.
IKEA LEIKNY is a soft cushion cover with a floral pattern made from more sustainable cotton.
We believe that you shouldn’t have to compromise on either price, quality, function, design or sustainability when decorating your home, that’s why any cotton choice you make at IKEA is a better one. LEIKNY cushion cover, for example, is a soft, easy-care cushion cover made from cotton grown with care. It adds a new floral touch to your home, and knowing that it’s made from 100% more sustainable cotton makes it even more beautiful.
The light pink IKEA DVALA fitted sheets are made with a more sustainable dyeing technique that saves on chemicals, energy and water.
The soft, pale shades of beige, pink and blue of DVALA bed linen in pure cotton, are made with a new dyeing technique that uses pigment colors. The technique saves on chemicals, energy and water – in fact, we’re saving over 200 million liters of precious water per year thanks to this, enough to make a good night’s sleep even better.
The IKEA ISPIGG cushion cover is made from 100% more sustainable non-bleached cotton yarn.
We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce the environmental footprint we leave behind. ISPIGG cotton cushion cover woven from mostly non-dyed and non-bleached yarn, is one of them. We just love creating responsibly sourced products that are both beautiful and affordable.
100% of the cotton at IKEA is from more sustainable sources  and grown with respect for people and the environment.
Cotton from more sustainable sources*
77% of cotton at IKEA is “Better Cotton”, which means it’s grown with respect for the farmers and the environment.
Better Cotton
17% of all cotton at IKEA is recycled. More than 90% of the material used is leftover fabric from bed linen production.
Six percent of our cotton at IKEA is “Towards Better Cotton”, a standard developed by IKEA meaning “on its way to become Better Cotton”.
Towards Better Cotton**
* Cotton from more sustainable sources includes Better Cotton, Recycled Cotton and Towards Better 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.
Leading a constant change for cotton
Over a decade ago, IKEA, WWF and other partners, established the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), an organization aiming to make global cotton production better for the industry, people and our planet.
Today, as one of the largest catalysts for improving cotton farming, we continue to positively impact the business.
Currently we’re the only global retailer in the world selling products made from 100% cotton from more sustainable sources.
But we are not satisfied. Our mission is to spread the word and go beyond our business. Together with our partners, we’re on a journey to make cotton from more sustainable sources a mainstream practice – affordable and accessible to all.
All cotton at IKEA is grown with less water and chemicals and with respect for the farmers and the environment.
Through hands-on training and field schools, together with our partners we have helped farmers learn more sustainable farming methods. This initiative enabled farmers to cut costs, increase their profits and improve their working conditions. As a result, they could afford a better quality of life for their families, including schooling for their children. Today, together with our partners, we are continuing to work in the field while expanding the scope of our cotton initiatives to include water, biodiversity, and soil management- to ensure we continue to improve sustainable cotton farming practices for the longer term.
Find out more about how we work with our suppliers through our IWAY code of conduct to, for example, secure better working conditions and minimum environmental standards.
Growing cotton responsibly with a focus on water
When grown conventionally, cotton farming uses large amounts of chemicals and water. This practice often leads to significant health risks to farmers, while damaging the environment. At IKEA, we don’t want to be part of the problem – we want to be part of the solution. That’s why we are 100% committed to sustainable cotton. It means that our cotton is grown with less water and chemicals, helping areas that are subject to erosion and water scarcity.
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
Cotton is one of the most high-impact crops when it comes to water. At IKEA, we are committed to being water positive, using it as efficiently as possible, promoting water stewardship throughout and beyond our own sphere of operations and on into the wider world.
Based on 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. Our work to become water positive focuses on cotton, providing farmers with training on better water management practices, and establishing community-based Water User Associations. This means farmers grow with less water, so more water can be diverted to other uses.
Learn more about our partnerships and how we work with cotton
When buying more sustainable IKEA cotton products, you contribute to a less polluted world for your child to grow up in.
Since September 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 fertilizers and pesticides, while increasing profit margins for farmers.
We want all our rugs to be made from sustainable wool
IKEA wants to have a positive impact on people, animals and the planet, that’s why we’re on a journey to transform all the wool we use in our products to 100% Responsibly Sourced Wool. We will do this by sourcing wool which follows the “Responsible Wool Standard” (RWS) guideline, meaning that the wool only comes from sheep that are treated with respect, and the land where they eat and rest is managed responsibly.
Hundreds of sheep grazing in the sunlight while producing wool for IKEA carpets.
“Wool is a fantastic material, it’s sustainable, it’s also renewable and it provides different properties to our products.”
Rafael Elizondo, Category Manager for Textile Carpets at IKEA
Circular portrait of a sheep with an ear tag and a coat of wool.
How will we do this?
To ensure that the wool we use is sourced in a responsible way, we need to work to secure full traceability of the wool used in our supply chain. That means we will know where all our wool comes from, and we can support positive animal welfare conditions for the sheep.
“Wool is an awesome product because the sheep produce it naturally, and it’s the ultimate sustainability because they just keep growing it.” says Paul Smith, Farm Manager in New Zealand, where IKEA has begun sourcing RWS wool.
Reasons to choose wool
• Wool is renewable, biodegradable and recyclable
• Wool is a natural, durable and strong material
• Wool ages beautifully and is more resistant to stains
• Wool is highly thermal and breathable
• Wool dyes easily, so we can create many beautiful and varied design styles for you to choose from
Close-up of wool material.
Making Responsibly Sourced Wool available for everyone
We are committed to transforming all our wool to 100% Responsibly Sourced Wool by 2025. But that’s not enough. Rafael Elizondo, Category Manager for Textile Carpets at IKEA says “We want others to join us and help us transform the wool industry together. Ultimately, what we’re after is to make responsibly sourced wool affordable, for as many customers as possible.”
Respect – in every step
Once the wool has travelled from New Zealand to India, it’s combed, spun into yarn, dyed and transformed into beautiful, handwoven rugs by skilled artisans. These steps follow strict processes that respect both the workers and the environment.
Yellow wool yarn that was just dyed, drying before becoming rugs for IKEA.
Trust for natural materials
We know that our customers prefer to have natural materials in their homes and close to their skin. Being a durable, natural and strong material, wool is perfect for rugs.
A close-up of a handmade striped TRANGET wool rug in white, black, gray and different blue colors.
TRANGET is one of many rugs in our range that are made from 100% wool and hand-woven by skilled artisans, which means each one is unique. They are made in India in organized weaving centers with good working conditions and fair wages. Being renewable and recyclable,­ wool plays an important role on our shift towards more sustainable materials.
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See how the wool from sheep in New Zealand travels to India to be transformed into beautiful, handwoven carpets, before ending up in your IKEA store – and maybe in your home.
“Every time I visit our partners in India, I get very inspired. I see how much focus we put on sustainability, on the quality, and also the social aspect.”
Rafael Elizondo, Category Manager for Textile Carpets at IKEA
Clean, fresh water pouring over hands
Treating water with respect
Water is essential 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 us and our suppliers. We work with others to contribute to improved water management in water stressed areas where we operate – to ensure that there is enough clean water for ecosystems, people and communities.
Working together to save water and energy in India
For some factories in Southern India, the only way to get enough water is by trucking it 50 km. Outdated machinery and a polluted water supply often make production even less energy and water efficient. Jansons, a textiles supplier based in Erode, southern India, was inspired by the IKEA People & Planet Positive strategy and started a partnership project to tackle the problem. Measures taken included a system to recycle wastewater for printing, a new dyeing process that uses less water and ensuring motors are only running when needed.

“Our processing factory is in an area of water and energy scarcity, which was a nightmare for us,” says Mr Thirukumar, Managing Director of Jansons Industries. “With support from IKEA, we saw the difference the project was making and we were motivated to look for more opportunities. With the commitment of our employees, so far we have saved over 285 MWh of energy, and 69 million liters of water.”
Water treatment facility at an IKEA supplier factory in Bangladesh
Thinking ahead: how to save water for the future
Over 23 million people in Bangladesh don’t have safe drinking water.

“I don’t want my children and grandchildren to be part of that statistic. I want to make sure my company doesn’t do anything that leaves future generations in trouble,” says Shah S Alam, managing director of Unilliance, an IKEA textiles supplier based in Bangladesh. He’s played an important role in the water projects IKEA has initiated at the company, and he’s pushing Unilliance to take part in even more ambitious projects to save water.
“When we started working with IKEA, we already had an effluent treatment plant to remove pollutants from our waste water before it returned to the environment. But IKEA suggested that we think of ways to reduce and reuse this waste water.

“For example, after some simple changes we now use waste water to cool our machinery. This saves us around 100 m3 of water every day – enough to fill 15 Olympic swimming pools a year!”

“In 5 to 10 years the laws in Bangladesh will change – everyone will have to reuse their waste water. Working with IKEA has put us ahead of the crowd, and our customers are noticing the difference,” he says.
Only recycled or renewable based plastic in IKEA products by 2030
Plastic is everywhere for many reasons. It’s a strong, durable, lightweight, and versatile – yet low cost – material. But when plastic is not disposed of responsibly, the environmental implications become concerning.
IKEA is committed to making a positive impact on people and the planet. Our ambition is that by 2030, all plastic used in our products will be based on renewable or recycled material. We’ve already started our journey towards this goal with a plan to replace single-use plastic in our range and by using different kinds of sustainable plastic in an increasing number of products.
A woman eating from an IKEA plastic food container, with a transparent plastic bottle filled with water beside her.
IKEA food containers, cups, straws and cutlery made from 100% renewable materials.
Phasing out single-use plastic
We want to contribute to a world without waste and enable people to make more sustainable choices. The ambition that all plastic used in the IKEA home furnishing range will be based on renewable or recycled material by 2030 is an important part of our sustainability strategy, People and Planet Positive.
Phasing out single-use plastic from the home furnishing range and our restaurants, cafes, and bistros is one of many things we’ll do to contribute towards reducing plastic pollution from single-use items. By 2020, articles like straws, cutlery, cups, and plates will be replaced by disposables made from 100% renewable sources.
“Removing single-use plastic from our home furnishing range and from our restaurants, cafes and bistros is an important step to help our customers and our company contribute to a world without waste.”
Brendan Seale, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Retail Canada
More sustainable food containers
Watch this film to see the new and more sustainable disposables for our restaurants, cafes and bistros. They are made from paper from sustainably managed forests and cane sugar – renewable sources that are better for both people and the planet. A more sustainable way to handle food on the go!
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Eating ice cream on the go is messy without disposables! This film introduces our new, more sustainable food containers.
IKEA wooden fork and knife disposables lying on a wooden bench.
Wooden cutlery
We are replacing plastic cutlery with recyclable forks, spoons, and knives made from responsibly sourced wood.
A dozen white IKEA paper straws lying on a wooden bench.
Sustainable paper straws
The new straws in our restaurants, bistros, and cafes are made from paper from sustainably managed forests. And you can use these at home too – they will be available to buy in our stores and online.
A close-up of white and transparent PLA plastic pellets, made from renewable based materials.
A recyclable plastic to feel good about
We want to make more sustainable plastic products our customers can enjoy and love. Made from renewable sources like corn, sugar beet and sugar cane instead of virgin fossil based, PLA is an example of a plastic which makes this possible.
A plastic that’s perfect for children’s products
PLA plastic products are both durable and safe, just like all IKEA plastic products, but PLA leaves a smaller environmental footprint. PLA can be used for lots of different things, including products for children and food contact – product categories with tough safety demands. HEROISK and TALRIKA are our first product series made entirely from PLA plastic. They’re both microwave and dishwasher safe and can be recycled.
A toddler eating at a table with blue, gree, yellow and red IKEA HEROISK tableware made from PLA plastic. A round table filled with red, dark blue and pale green plates, bowls and cups from IKEA TALRIK series in PLA plastic.
Three ISTAD plastic bags containing different kinds of nuts on a wooden worktop.
Reuse our ISTAD resealable bags
ISTAD, our reusable, all-purpose resealable bag is now made mostly (85%) of a renewable material from the sugar cane industry. Being durable and resealable, ISTAD can be used over and over again, making it really simple to reduce plastic bag waste.
See ISTAD resealable bag
”Plastic is a durable, good value material that can be used in many different applications. We need to make sure the plastic we use comes from either renewable or recycled sources.”
Alexander Grouleff, Project Leader Recycled and Renewable Plastic Products, IKEA of Sweden
Recycled plastic can be used in different ways
We want to become circular in all aspects. Finding new ways to work with recycled materials is key, and using waste as a resource takes us one step closer to a more sustainable future. PET is the most recycled plastic in the world and can be used for many different purposes. As we add products made from recycled and renewable materials to our offer, we hope to inspire other companies to do the same – we’re all in this together!
A black and white striped door mat on a gray wooden floor in front of a white doorway.
Leave fewer footprints in your hallway as well as a smaller footprint on the environment by choosing door mats made from recycled plastic. Each VINSTRUP door mat is made from six PET bottles.
See VINSTRUP door mat
A detail view of a black kitchen with black KUNGSBACKA kitchen fronts made from recycled PET bottles.
Twenty-five discarded, recycled PET-bottles are used to create the matte black surfaces on each KUNGSBACKA front. This material was invented together with a supplier.
See KUNGSBACKA kitchen front
“Change will only be possible if we collaborate with others and nurture entrepreneurship. We are committed to taking the lead working together with everyone – from raw material suppliers all the way to our customers and partners.”
Together, we can do more
Our journey towards only using recycled or renewable based plastic will take some time and require new ways of doing things, but we are determined to take responsibility and find new solutions. We want to give our customers the possibility to choose products made from more sustainable materials that can be recycled again one day. Together, we can make a big difference!
Facts about plastic at IKEA
• By 2030 we will only use renewable and or recycled materials in our plastic products
• By 2020 we will phase out single-use plastic
• 85% of the plastic in ISTAD bags is made from renewable material from the sugar cane industry
• PLA (polylactic acid) plastic is made from renewable sources like corn, sugar beet and sugar cane
Torbjörn Lööf, CEO, Inter IKEA Group
Recycling in the big, blue box
Our goal is to eliminate waste from our operations. By 2020, 90% of the waste from our own operations will be recycled or energy recovered, of which 80% of the waste from stores and distribution centers will be material recycled.
We strive for zero waste to landfill wherever possible in our store and other IKEA operations.
A recycling waste station in an IKEA store
Bring your recycling to IKEA!
We want to make recycling as easy as possible, which is why we offer the possibility of recycling your waste in IKEA stores. Did you know that you can leave batteries and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs at most IKEA stores? See what you can recycle at your local IKEA store
Lightbulbs collected to be recycled
Creating a circular economy
We are working towards a circular IKEA, where resources are used more efficiently in a cycle of repair, reuse and recycling. At many stores, customers can return unwanted IKEA furniture to be resold or donated to charity. And in some countries, we have a mattress take-back scheme, where used mattresses are sent for energy recovery or are material recycled. We also collect customers’ unwanted textiles in some stores. This is the start of an exciting journey of closing the loop at IKEA.
Stacked rugs
did you know?
In 2015, 89% of waste was recycled across our operations
Customer recycling station at an IKEA store
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
Close-up of a sack filled with coffee beans.
A woman smiling in Uganda, next to a hand holding a pink bag of coffee beans.
PÅTÅR special edition:
Coffee that is building a better future
IKEA coffee beans have so far come from family farms and small-scale cooperatives in countries like Honduras, Mexico, and Peru, but the beans of our PÅTÅR single-origin 100% Arabica coffee are hand-picked in the lush, mountainous White Nile region in Uganda. To help support economic independence of coffee farmers in Uganda, as well as more sustainable farming practices, IKEA has teamed up with a social business project that buys the beans directly from about 13,000 smallholder farmers. Through this partnership, the farmers get a more stable income and they can send their children to school, building a better future for themselves and for the whole region.

Coffee selection may vary depending on the country
Learn more about the special PÅTÅR coffee and our work with Social EntrepreneursSee more IKEA PÅTÅR coffee
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
Coffee beans on a grey plate shown together with green leaves, seen from above.
IKEA BELÖNING is a new series of premium quality chocolate products made from responsibly grown, UTZ certified cocoa.
BELÖNING – chocolate that makes a difference
BELÖNING is a new series of premium quality dark chocolate and milk chocolate products, made from UTZ certified cocoa.
UTZ certified means the cocoa was responsibly grown, with sustainable farming standards, good conditions for workers and respect for the environment. The product with dark chocolate and coffee nibs is organic because we use the nibs from our own coffee production, which also is organic and UTZ. To trace the origin of the cocoa in BELÖNING, visit
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By choosing our UTZ certified coffee, tea and cocoa products, you contribute to sustainable farming.
EGENTID – good for you, the farmers and the planet
We want to offer you products that are made with care for people and the environment, and make them available at affordable prices. That’s why we have developed EGENTID, a series of high quality teas with whole leaves. All EGENTID products are sustainable and have either UTZ or a combination of UTZ/UEBT certifications, and some of them are also organically grown according to EU standards.
Drinking tea is a good way to take a pause, calm down and clear your mind, which is why we have named the series EGENTID – the Swedish word for “time on my own”. EGENTID tea series comprises black tea, green tea, white tea, rooibos, chai and fruit and herbal infusions. With well known flavor combinations as a base, we’ve added surprising twists. Some come as loose teas (coming this fall), some in tea bags (coming next year). All flavors are 100% natural.
The UTZ/UEBT certification means you can trust that the tea leaves and herbs were farmed in a responsible way, ensuring sustainable farming standards and better conditions for farmers.
Organic tea farming helps preserving biodiversity, and maintaining soil health.
Tea farming for a better tomorrow
Organic farming doesn’t use pesticides, fertilizers or artificial inputs. It also helps preserving biodiversity, and maintaining soil health.
By becoming UTZ certified, tea producers learn new techniques to improve their yields and quality of their crop, protect their workers and the environment, and ultimately earn a better income. In 2015, UTZ and the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) developed a new program for herbal and fruit tea. A UEBT certification assures that natural ingredients are sourced with respect for people and biodiversity.
IKEA and UTZ have been partners since 2008 as the first certified coffee products were introduced. Since then, the cooperation has been deepened and expanded. Today, IKEA carries UTZ certified coffee, chocolate and ice tea products. Now, as the EGENTID range of UTZ certified loose teas and tea bags is introduced, the cooperation is expanded even further.
IKEA EGENTID teas can be used as spices, too. Check the recipe for rooibos tea with marmalade in our “More than a cup of tea” recipe collection.
EGENTID inspirational tea recipes
The unique, natural flavors of EGENTID tea series will surely make your well-deserved “me, myself and a cup of tea”-moments special, but EGENTID can also be used as the perfect secret ingredient to spice up refreshing drinks, a fruit dessert, truffles and even for seasoning salmon in a new way. Join us as we explore different ways to use the EGENTID teas, and be inspired by our “More than a cup of tea” recipe collection by following the link below.
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IKEA EGENTID teas can be used to make this citrus lemon grass tea on the rocks. Find the recipe in our “More than a cup of tea” recipe collection.
Tangy and robust rooibos tea with marmalade
Light and citrus lemon grass tea on the rocks
By choosing our UTZ certified coffee, tea and cocoa products, you contribute to sustainable farming.
Better farming, better future
Look out for the UTZ logo on our coffee, tea and cocoa products – UTZ certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ-program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources. Now and in the future.
IKEA and UTZ have been partners since 2008 as the first certified coffee products were introduced.
Have a delicious veggie hot dog made from plant-based ingredients the next time you visit IKEA!
Veggie hot dog – plant-based goodness
We have challenged ourselves to develop a delicious veggie hot dog for the IKEA Bistro – a plant-based, more sustainable option to our much loved iconic hot dog. But why make a hot dog without meat? First of all, because simple mathematics tell us that plant-based foods need less resources, less water and less soil to feed just as many, while making a smaller carbon footprint. Secondly, we think healthy and sustainable food should be delicious and affordable, and we want to make it easier to make better everyday choices. So, when you think about it, a veggie hot dog makes perfect sense.
Veggie hot dog ingredients include kale, lentils, quinoa, onions and wheat protein.
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“There is no point in creating a more sustainable option for our customers if it isn’t tasty. With the new veggie hot dog, we can inspire and enable customers to choose a plant-based, more sustainable option at an affordable price.”
Michael La Cour, Managing Director at IKEA Food Services
Try our great organic options
You can always find organic food at our Swedish Food Market, like rapeseed oil, 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.
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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 happy bees: see how we combine high organic standards with good taste.
SMAKRIK is the newest addition to our organic food range. The farmers that contribute to the rapeseed oils follow strict standards for agriculture. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are sprayed on the fields – much to the joy of insects that gladly help with pollination in return. Besides preserving biodiversity, organic farming helps to maintain soil health too.
Supporting a more sustainable agriculture and better animal welfare
We believe in a new vision for the food industry. One which positively impacts the lives of people, the planet and also the lives of animals. The goal is to source fewer animals and to make sure those we do source are raised responsibly. We believe that animals should live decent lives. And that’s why we’ve been working together with experts, NGO’s and our suppliers to develop the IKEA Food Better Programs. For all animals in our supply chain around the world - pigs, salmon, beef and dairy cattle, laying hens or broiler chickens - we aim to source from more sustainable farms where animal welfare, environmental impact, and responsible antibiotics use is a priority.
Read more about the IKEA Food Better Programs
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We are working hard to ensure that all of our chicken products are sourced to good animal welfare standards and meet the criteria of the IKEA Food Better Chicken Programme by 2025.
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 almost 20 inches 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
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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.
Food is too precious to be wasted, that’s why at IKEA, we aim to halve food waste by 2020.