Ikea Is Going Green and Replacing Single-Use Plastics

Ikea, the Swedish company that sells ready to assemble furniture, plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2020. They have 363 stores across the globe and sell 45.2 billion dollars worth of products to consumers, making them an influential retailer. Ikea’s decision to lower their carbon footprint and reduce waste may have a large impact on other retailers. Hopefully, other retailers will make changes to reduce waste, especially single-use plastics.

What Single-Use Plastics Will Be Replaced?

Ikea has stated that they will be replacing plastic cups, straws, plates, freezer bags, and garbage bags, along with plastic-coated paper plates and cups. They have not yet decided what the plastic products will be replaced with though. A spokesperson of theirs said that they do not have all of the answers yer, but are working with their suppliers “to find solutions that are good for both people and the planet.”

They have also stated that in August of 2020 (the same year they phase out single-use plastics), they will phase out oil-based plastics and replace them with recycled plastic products.

Ikea’s Investments

This is more than just an issue with plastics for Ikea. They are taking many other steps to ensure their company is as green as it can be. They have invested in plastics recycling plants to push forward the idea of using more recycled products.

Ikea has invested in windfarms and solar panels so their stores can operate on renewable and sustainable energy. They have installed solar panels on many of their stores already and plan to have all of their stores using renewable electricity and heat by 2020.

They Will Offer Green Products

Not only is Ikea going green, but they want to help you make green decisions as well. Their CEO, Torbjörn Lööf, stated that “Through our size and reach we have the opportunity to inspire and enable more than 1 billion people to live better lives, within the limits of the planet.” They are willing to work with others to make sure they have the best products available for both their consumers and the Earth.

They want to offer green products, like tap nozzles that save 90 percent more water than traditional ones. They will be offering solar panels in select markets to help others invest in renewable energy.

Additionally, Ikea will introduce more vegetarian foods into their cafes by 2025.

End the Throw Away Culture

Our cultures across the world have been taught to throw away every item that we no longer use or want. This has led to a disastrous amount of garbage around the globe. We produce products, like single-use plastics, that are meant to be used once and discarded instead of reused again and again. Other companies are calling for retailers to ditch the harmful plastic packaging on their products to reduce the amount of waste we consume. Ikea may make that decision in the future as well.

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Lacey Jolley
 

I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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