IKEA has released its plans for encouraging sustainable living through its more than 400 locations in nearly 50 countries. They claim they can help reach more than one billion people with their message and the changes they have planned to make through 2020 and all the way to 2030.
One of those goals and planned changes is a commitment made to remove all single-use plastic products from the IKEA range globally and from customer and co-worker restaurants in stores by 2020. This ambitious goal includes straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and eventually plastic-coated paper plates and cups; though they admit they have no sustainable solution for that last one yet.
The idea of removing all single use plastic items from IKEA stores could set a significant trend and, when combined with Starbucks recent efforts to eliminate straws and find a solution to the plastic cup issue, go a long way to reducing the number of plastic items being put out into the environment after use.
There are also some more general commitments to the environment in their press release such as achieving zero emissions home deliveries by 2025, or designing all IKEA products with new circular principles.
“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 repurposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled”, says Lena Pripp-Kovac, Sustainability Manager.
They also would like to enable customers to save and generate renewable energy at home. Part of that is an effort to expand the offer of affordable home solar solutions to 29 IKEA markets by 2025. Home solar is an excellent way to save a bit of power during the middle of the afternoon which is often a peak in electrical use when the sun is at its most potent.
If you would like to know more about their efforts and plans you can find the link to the release here.