Sometimes it’s good to have extra tableware that can serve any occasion. That’s why we have developed TALRIKA and HEROISK – two tableware series designed for everyday meals and picnics in the park. They’re made of renewable plastic from corn which is a more sustainable option than plastic from sources like fossil oil.
Just like all IKEA products, TALRIKA and HEROISK have been tested to meet the highest quality and safety standards. “We use materials and production methods that need a minimum amount of chemicals. Ideally none at all,” says Erik Ljungblad, who works at IKEA of Sweden and is an expert on plastic.
“To make TALRIKA and HEROISK we’re using industrial corn that has a high amount of starch and is grown in areas where it doesn’t risk threatening the local food supply. We extract the starch, and the husks become food for livestock. This way, the whole corn comes to use,” explains Erik. “We want to make it simple and affordable for customers to live a more sustainable life at home. To use this type of material in everyday products like this, is one way of doing it,” he says.
The TALRIKA and HEROISK series contribute to one important goal for IKEA – that all plastic products in the future are based on renewable or recycled materials – or both. “These products are small but important steps on our journey. They are made of corn today, but in the future it might be a different renewable source. The development of renewable plastic is fast, and other products based on more sustainable materials are on the way,” says Erik.