Bamboo and its many sustainability benefits
Why we love bamboo
Bamboo is renewable, recyclable and durable – it’s a great material for many well-used products. Its strength also means that structural elements and boards can be made thin, so we can use less material per product than with other materials, natural resources are saved, and transport costs can be reduced.
Green in every way
We believe that climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Bamboo is a fast, naturally re-growing grass which rarely needs to be replanted once cut down. Young, green bamboo forests can help mitigate climate change since they bind CO₂ effectively as they grow.
- Grows in a wide variety of environments and is adaptable and flexible
- Generally doesn’t require fertilisers or irrigation
- Grows extremely fast
- Rarely needs replanting
- Protects the land where it grows
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and as a young plant can grow up to one meter per day.
How IKEA uses bamboo
IKEA products that feature bamboo are mainly made from two parts of the plant - the bottom and the middle. Lamellae are used for panels in accessories and furniture, and wickers are used for handicraft techniques such as rolling and weaving. Below are some examples of IKEA products made from bamboo.
There are 1,200 bamboo species in the world. But don’t worry, pandas don’t live where our bamboo is sourced.
Claims made on this the page come from the paper Yannick Kuehl, Giles Henley and Lou Yiping: “The Climate Change Challenge and Bamboo: Mitigation and Adaption”, INBAR working paper no 65.