IKEA meets 2020 sustainability goals


January 19, 2020 | By RetailME Bureau

Swedish home furnishing brand IKEA – part of retail conglomerate Al-Futtaim – has successfully phased out single-use plastic from its home furnishing range globally – in line with the commitment it made in June 2018 towards making a positive impact for people and the planet.

This includes single-use plastic products that are based on renewable and/or recyclable plastic material intended to only be used once and then disposed of like straws, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups. Single-use plastic can pollute ecosystems, such as oceans and waterways, and harm wildlife if it is not disposed of responsibly.

Committed to the goal of phasing out single-use plastic products, IKEA has also introduced a new range of disposables for all IKEA restaurants, bistros and cafés. Existing cups, cutlery, bowls, plates and straws have been replaced with products made with materials from renewable sources. Plastic drinking straws have been replaced with paper, bamboo and metal straws depending on the market.

For food safety reasons, the thin layer of coating in disposable cups, a mandatory requirement to prevent liquid from leaking or soaking through the paper, has been replaced with plastic coating made from sugar cane, which is a renewable source. While IKEA does not yet have a replacement for all the product types, it is on a continuous journey to find innovative solutions and products.

Taking the step to remove single-use plastic from the IKEA home furnishing product range is a positive contribution to the environment and society. It is also in line with the brand’s 2030 goal – to become a circular business designing all new products from the very beginning to be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled, generating as little waste as possible and to only use renewable or recycled materials across the home furnishing range and packaging.

The direction for IKEA for many years has been to use as much fibre-based material as possible for packaging. For instance, it has removed all EPS (expanded polystyrene) from the home furnishing range, except for some kitchen appliances. In the last 10 years IKEA has reduced the use of plastic in its packaging solutions, from 12% down to 6% today and the goal is to reach 3% by 2030. The plastic material used in their packaging in 2030, will mainly be bio-based and used in the IKEA Food area due to food safety requirements.

Comments

comments

Previous Article Next Article

SHARE

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE /


Lulu Group partners with Amazon expanding grocery offerings to online customers in the UAE

Abu Dhabi based grocery retail chain Lulu Group has partnered with Amazon 

Continue Reading

November 24, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Food Tech Valley partners with Tradeling to boost UAE’s food ecosystem

UAE-government-led initiative Food Tech Valley – announced in 2021 by His Highness 

Continue Reading

November 17, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Lulu Hypermarket to open in The Dubai Mall in 2023

Abu Dhabi-based supermarket chain Lulu Hypermarket is all set to open in 

Continue Reading

November 10, 2022 | By Rupkatha B
Beyond Meat’s Q3 2022 results “disappointing”

Plant-based meat brand Beyond Meat’s financial results for the third quarter of 

Continue Reading

November 10, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Barakat unveils new biodegradable packaging

UAE’s fresh produce brand Barakat has launched bio-degradable packaging across its entire 

Continue Reading

October 27, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Pure Harvest CEO Sky Kurtz

UAE-based agritech start-up Pure Harvest Smart Farms has signed a Memorandum of 

Continue Reading

October 27, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Carrefour signed up as anchor tenant for Midtown Project

Carrefour, owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim – Retail in the 

Continue Reading

October 27, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Grandiose Supermarket announces country-wide expansion plans

Grandiose Supermarket, part of Ghassan Aboud Group, has announced expansion plan in 

Continue Reading

October 26, 2022 | By Rupkatha B
100 years of Valrhona

The Valrhona journey began 100 years ago with a cocoa bean. Since 

Continue Reading

October 24, 2022 | By Justina Eitzinger
On-demand grocery delivery in 15 mins

Deliveroo UAE has announced the expansion of its rapid grocery delivery service 

Continue Reading

October 24, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau
Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) revealed that the UAE 

Continue Reading

October 17, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau

Abu Dhabi-based leading supermarket chain Lulu Group has appointed investment bankers Moelis 

Continue Reading

October 13, 2022 | By RetailME Bureau




f
Download Images RetailME Magazine