Plastic is everywhere for many reasons. It’s a strong, durable, lightweight, and versatile – yet low cost – material. But when plastic is not disposed of responsibly, the environmental implications become concerning.
IKEA is committed to making a positive impact on people and the planet. Our ambition is that by 2030, all plastic used in our products will be based on renewable or recycled material.
We’ve already started our journey towards this goal with a plan to replace single-use plastic in our range and by using different kinds of sustainable plastic in an increasing number of products.
Single-use plastic items pollute ecosystems if not disposed of responsibly. As part of our commitment to people and the planet, we will phase out all single-use plastic products from the global home furnishing range by 2020. This includes items such as plates, cups and plastic straws. Single-use plastic articles offered in our restaurants, bistros, and cafes will be replaced by more sustainable disposables.
PLA plastic products are both durable and safe, just like all IKEA plastic products, but PLA leaves a smaller environmental footprint. PLA can be used for lots of different things, including products for children and food contact – product categories with tough safety demands. HEROISK and TALRIKA are our first product series made entirely from PLA plastic. They’re both microwave and dishwasher safe and can be recycled.
We want to become circular in all aspects. Finding new ways to work with recycled materials is key, and using waste as a resource takes us one step closer to a more sustainable future. PET is the most recycled plastic in the world and can be used for many different purposes. As we add products made from recycled and renewable materials to our offer, we hope to inspire other companies to do the same – we’re all in this together!
Our journey towards only using recycled or renewable based plastic will take some time and require new ways of doing things, but we are determined to take responsibility and find new solutions. We want to give our customers the possibility to choose products made from more sustainable materials that can be recycled again one day. Together, we can make a big difference!