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 use of disposables.
IKEA has pledged to remove all single-use plastics from our home furnishing range by the end of the year and we are preparing to replace 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 we are working to do our part.
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 the 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 containers 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.
Products for sustainable living
Keep a cup handy
Keep a travel mug in your bag to grab a beverage to go. Our leak-proof EFTERSÖKT can go anywhere without spilling and a removable filter makes it suitable for both tea and coffee. Good for cold drinks, too!
Sip with more sustainable straws
Is it possible to enjoy that refreshing drink without any straw at all? That’s the best option! But, when you just must sip, our paper FÖRNYANDE drinking straws are a more sustainable choice. Made with three layers of uncoated paper and rolled really tightly to maintain their shape.
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.