Ikea promises to remove single use plastics

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
8 June 2018

Ikea has pledged to remove all single use plastics from its range and restaurants by 2020 as part of a new sustainability strategy.

The firm wants to transform into a “circular business”, with a goal to use only renewable and recycled materials and cut greenhouse gas emissions across factories and suppliers.

As part of the strategy, which is called People and Planet Positive, the firm aims to become “climate positive” by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than its value chain emits.

Ikea plans to achieve zero emission home deliveries by 2025 and to offer “services that make it easier for people to bring home, care for and pass on products”.

Restaurant food will contain more “plant-based choices”, including a vegetarian hotdog launching later this year.

Lena Pripp-Kovac, sustainability manager at Ikea, said: “Becoming truly circular means meeting people’s changing lifestyles, prolonging the life of products and materials and using resources in a smarter way.

“To make this a reality, we will design all products from the very beginning to be re-purposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled.”

Ikea has demonstrated products this year including a tap nozzle that can save more than 90% of water used and textiles that will help purify air in the home.

Torbjörn Lööf , group CEO at Inter Ikea, said: “Our ambition is to become people and planet positive by 2030 while growing the Ikea business. Through our size and reach we have the opportunity to inspire and enable more than one billion people to live better lives, within the limits of the planet.

“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.”

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