IKEA and environmental sustainability: We’re all in this together
See why Malin Pettersson-Beckeman, Sustainability communication manager at Inter IKEA Group, sees sustainable living as an everyday choice.
We want to make healthier and more sustainable living easy. But, for IKEA and its sustainability efforts, it’s more than just offering smarter products. We want to create a movement for a better, more sustainable everyday life. It’s about enabling and inspiring as many people as we can – our customers, co-workers, suppliers, and even other companies – to join in the effort and make more sustainable choices every day.
Unsustainable consumption and climate change remain some of the biggest challenges for humanity. With our size and setup, we know that we can make a great contribution towards a more sustainable world.
Sustainable living has to be easy, and the most natural choice.”
– Malin Pettersson-Beckeman, Sustainability Communication Manager, Inter IKEA Group
But we can’t do it alone. Everybody has a role to play in creating a sustainable reality. For us, it starts with some big – and even small – changes. This includes designing smarter products using renewable or recycled materials, offering healthier and more sustainable food choices, and easier and more affordable ways for people to reduce their waste, use less and cleaner energy and water at home.
We’re transforming the entire way of working within the IKEA value chain from a linear to a circular business. This means designing all products from the beginning to be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled, generating as little waste as possible. But going circular will mean working beyond our own business – with suppliers, governments, customers, and more – to make it happen.
We’re optimistic about the future. Through collaboration, curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit, we know amazing things are possible!
We’re committed to taking the lead and working together – from raw material suppliers all the way to our customers and partners.”
– Torbjörn Lööf, CEO, Inter IKEA Group
Leading the way by being a good example
After converting our complete lighting range to energy-efficient LEDs, we’re now striving towards 100% renewable energy in IKEA operations and at our direct suppliers. We’re also focusing on using more sustainable materials in our products. By 2030, we’re committed to only using renewable and recycled materials and to reduce the total IKEA climate footprint by an average of 70% per product.
No more single-use plastic products
By 2020, single-use plastic products will be phased out completely from all IKEA stores worldwide. This includes straws, plates, freezer bags, and more.
Fewer parts make a big difference
When it comes to sustainability, sofas have always been a challenge. They’re big, they’re heavy and almost impossible to flat-pack. But that hasn’t stopped us from exploring better ways to design, manufacture and package them.
One great success story is our new sofa frame, which now uses just 13 assembly parts instead of 122. This reduces water and energy usage significantly and requires much smaller packaging, so we won’t need as many transport containers and trucks. All of this means reduced emissions and lower environmental impact – without letting down quality and comfort.
The new sofa frame was tested in China in the summer of 2018, and will be rolled out globally with a number of selected sofas during 2020.
Wondering what you can do?
The way we live in our homes has a huge impact on the planet – but the good news is we can make a difference with a just a few small changes.
Watch your water
For example, the MISTELN water nozzle – developed together with the start-up company, Altered – can dramatically reduce home water usage by up to 90% and can be applied to every standard tap.
Look out for MISTELN starting in 2019.
See what’s cooking!
We’re on a journey to transform our stores, markets and restaurants to offer healthier and more sustainable food.
Our new delicious vegetarian hot dog made with kale, red lentils and carrots, is one of the more sustainable options that you can enjoy at the IKEA store.
These tasty new salmon balls, made from ASC-certified salmon, will also be making their debut at IKEA restaurants. And for those with a sweet tooth, our 100% plant-based soft ice is another great vegan alternative available in the summer of 2019.
Our ambitious commitments include:
Good intentions are good, of course. But we also know that real, measurable goals are what really count. Here’s a selection of our ambitious commitments for becoming people and planet positive:
- Designing all IKEA products with new circular principles, with the goal to only use renewable and recycled materials in our products by 2030.
- Offering services that make it easier for people to bring home, care for and pass on products.
- Removing all single-use plastic products from the IKEA range globally and from customer and co-worker restaurants in stores* by 2020.
- Achieving zero emissions home deliveries by 2025*.
- Reducing the total IKEA climate footprint by an average of 70% per product, by 2030.
- Expanding the offer of affordable home solar solutions to 29 IKEA markets* by 2025.
*This goal applies to the biggest IKEA franchisee, INGKA Holding B.V., with 363 stores in 29 markets.