IKEA is Upping its Sustainability Game

IKEA has never really been the portrait of sustainability. They sell surprisingly affordable, modern-looking, well-designed furniture that—let’s be honest—isn’t necessarily meant to last for decades. And let’s not forget all those carbon-intensive meatballs.

But all that is about to change. IKEA is going green.

IKEA Sustainability Initiative

In a recent press release, IKEA announced a laundry list of green initiatives, likely spurred by Europe’s recently proposed ban on single-use plastics. Here are the highlights:

  • All single-use plastics will be banned from IKEA cafeterias and stores as soon as 2020.
  • All new IKEA products will be designed using a circular principle, ideally using mostly renewable or recycled materials by 2030.
  • They will work on providing more plant-based options in their cafeterias and food offerings.
  • They have set a goal to become climate positive by 2030, which means IKEA will reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than they emit (in honor of the Paris Climate Agreement), and will reduce the carbon footprint of each of their products by about 70 percent.
  • IKEA plans to offer zero-emission home deliveries by 2025.
  • Their affordable home solar solutions will be prioritized and expanded to their 29 major markets by 2025.

It’s a pretty impressive list. IKEA ends their press release with the proclamation that they will: “Take the lead and engage with others to inspire action towards a low-carbon society.” If they play their eco cards right, IKEA might just take over the world!

IKEA isn’t just caring about IKEA anymore.

This marks a major shift in the multi-national company’s outlook.

IKEA is morphing its business to care about people and the planet. Because, let’s be honest, without either, IKEA doesn’t really have a purpose. Barren, lifeless rocks don’t have any use for FJÄLLBO shelving units.  

IKEA seems to have realized that the key to sustainable business growth in the future is actually sustainable environmental action. If it becomes affordable and easy for consumers to go green, we’ll all hop on board, and everyone will reap the benefits.

Hopefully, other businesses will quickly follow suit, because climate change is here, whether we are ready to talk about it or not. If we don’t make rapid, drastic shifts as a society right now, we are in enormous trouble. And with a government full of climate deniers, large businesses like IKEA are going to need to pick up the slack and become environmentally competitive. Because it really matters.

So, good on IKEA! Hopefully the company will be able to stay true to its word and make real, meaningful changes in the dirty home furnishings industry. The real question is: will their greener furniture be any easier to assemble? Don’t count on it.

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Peggy B3 months ago

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Carole R3 months ago

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Peggy B4 months ago

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