IKEA action on plastic

IKEA action on plastic

The global homewares giant pledges to remove all single use plastic from its products by 2020

Ikea says the environment comes first

Ikea has committed to remove all single use plastic products from its ranges by 2020, as part of its updated sustainability strategy. 

Ikea has updated its sustainability strategy with a commitment to help the world reduce its use of single use plastics. The store won't be using plastic bags, straws, polythene bags etc from 2020, as part of its People and Planet Positive strategy, which is aimed at achieving a truly circular business where materials can be reused and recycled.

IKEA has updated its People and Planet Positive strategy, which should be fully implemented by 2030, with the aim of inspiring and enabling people to live more sustainably, reduce their climate impact, contribute to a world without waste and create a more fair and equal society.
The new IKEA People and Planet Positive strategy sets the direction for all IKEA franchisees and covers three focus areas:
Healthy & Sustainable living – inspiring and enabling more than one billion people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet
Circular & Climate Positive – transforming into a circular business and becoming climate positive by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, reducing the climate footprint of IKEA products and operations* in absolute terms
Fair and Equal – creating positive social impact for everyone across the IKEA value chain and in all areas of the IKEA business 
'Through our size and reach we have the opportunity to enable people to live better lives, within the limits of the planet,' says IKEA Group CEO Torbjörn Lööf.
“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”. 
Updated commitments include:
·         Removing all single-use plastic products from the IKEA range globally and from customer and staff restaurants in stores by 2020
·         Designing all IKEA products with new circular principles, with the goal to only use renewable and recycled materials
·         Offering services that make it easier for people to bring home, care for and pass on products
·         Increasing the proportion of plant-based choices in the IKEA food offer, such as vegetable hot dogs launching later this year
·         Becoming climate positive and reducing the total IKEA climate footprint by an average of 70 per cent per product by working with home furnishing suppliers across their factory operations, not just the manufacturing for IKEA
·         Achieving zero emission home deliveries by 2025
·         Expanding the offer of affordable home solar solutions from five to 29 IKEA markets by 2025