We Say Yes
IKEA is proud to be partnered with the National Environment Agency, supporting Singapore’s drive towards a Zero Waste Nation. The focus now is on reducing the use of disposables.
IKEA is on an ongoing journey to remove all single-use plastics from our home furnishing range and replacing disposables in our Restaurants and Bistros with products made from 100% renewable resources - such as bamboo, paper, wood and bagasse (a waste product of sugar production!).
Click here to learn how at IKEA we are more sustainable every day.
Imagine what can happen if we all pull together?
Little steps add up to a big difference
We have lots of products in our range that can help reduce throw-away plastics and other disposables in our everyday lives.
Stock up on reusable bags
Singaporeans throw away about 2.5 billion plastic shopping bags every year. Bringing a reusable bag on shopping trips would allow each of us to save an estimated 125 plastic bags a year. The stylish KNALLA series has you covered for shopping sprees of all kinds. If you forget to bring a bag to IKEA, you can buy a FRAKTA bags at the checkout.
Find alternatives for take-aways
We Singaporeans love tabao but, too often, we eat our take-aways out of cheap Styrofoam or plastic containers that land in rubbish bins. Bring IKEA 365+ food container on your next trip to the hawker centre – eat what you can and take left-overs home to freeze for another day. Alternatives take a little more effort but go a long way to reducing waste.
Keep a bottle handy
Keep our durable IKEA 365+ bottle to grab your beverage to go – cold water, a refreshing smoothie or freshly squeezed juice! The lid strap makes the bottle easy to carry just about anywhere.
Sip with more sustainable straws
Take care of our environment and give plastic a miss. UPPSLUKAD stainless steel drinking straws can be used over and over again – and are easy to clean with the included brush.
Net bags for veggies and fruits
Rather than using flimsy plastic bags to bundle up broccoli and apples at the grocery store, keep KUNGSFORS net bags handy to stock up on fresh veggies and fruits.
Pioneering goody bags
If you really need to a plastic bag, go for ISTAD, made with (80%) renewable material from the sugar cane industry. Sturdy enough to wash out and use again with a seal that keeps contents fresh. Renewable, reusable and recyclable!
Our Singapore stores set ambitious goals for creating a positive impact on people and the planet. Here’s just a few things we are doing:
Recycling: We recycle an average 71% of the packaging waste produced within our operation – an ‘exemplary’ effort that earned IKEA Alexandra an award from the National Environment Agency in 2017. IKEA Tampines became the first commercial restaurant in the country to recycle tetra packs, and the store also sent out more than 18,000 kilograms of used coffee grounds last year to be turned into soil conditioners for local farms.
Eliminating Disposable Bags: In 2013, we were the first retailer in Singapore to eliminate disposable plastic shopping bags and offer reusable ones instead for an affordable price. We donated $200,000 from plastic bags savings to start an Eco School program together with our long-term partners at the World Wildlife Fund. Our blue FRAKTA bags have become iconic!
Renewable Energy: IKEA Alexandra became the first commercial building in Singapore to introduce a solar cooling system on its rooftop, reducing the store’s energy consumption by 24%. IKEA Tampines has solar PV panels powers that feed renewable energy directly into the store.
Our TÅNUM is a rug made from leftover fabric from our bed linen production.
GLANSVIDE quilt filling is made (70%) from recycled PET plastic.
Using Waste a Resource: AT IKEA, sustainability is built into our products from the start. We look for new ways to use recycled materials and harvest “leftovers” on our factory floors to make new products. Our goal is to source all of our major materials from more sustainable sources by 2020.