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Wood – a material with many qualities

More sustainable wood

Because wood is so important to IKEA, we work together with the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) to take care of the world’s forests through responsible forest management – making sure we have forests for all, forever.

We decided many years ago to work with the highest available standards in the industry for improving responsible forest management around the world. Today, our wood is either FSC-certified or from recycled sources.*

Acacia - beautiful, durable and sustainable

See how IKEA and its partners cooperate with smallholder farmers to ensure that the Acacia we use is responsibly grown and harvested.

Durable, rot-resistant and responsibly sourced

Our acacia wood comes from FSC-certified plantations. Together with our suppliers and partners like WWF, we ensure that it is grown in a responsible way.

Responsible wood sourcing

After meeting the goal to use wood from sustainable sources, IKEA took the next big step towards 2030 announcing a new Forest Positive Agenda.

Learn how IKEA is being forest positive

Did you know

  • IKEA sources wood from over 50 different countries
  • Last year the top 5 countries IKEA suppliers sourced wood-based materials were Poland, Belarus, Russia, Sweden and China (during FY21)
  • Wood is one of the main materials in IKEA products. It is renewable, durable, recyclable – and beautiful
  • At IKEA, we will continue the work to make responsible forest management the norm, enhance biodiversity and support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests for their livelihood
"We want responsible forest management to be the norm. We are using our global reach to drive positive change particularly in regions facing challenges."
Mikhail Tarasov

Using wood wisely

Making more from less is part of the IKEA culture, and we always use resources efficiently. Regarding wood, every piece is cut and shaped so that waste is minimised in production while maintaining quality and durability. We constantly look for new and smarter ways to design and build our furniture to make sure our customers get the best possible product with the least impact on our planet.

Managing forests responsibly – working together with WWF

We also work with WWF, and other partners, to combat illegal logging, improve forest management practices, enhance biodiversity and support credible forest certification. Beginning with five projects in seven countries in 2002, today, we collaborate in thirteen countries on a variety of forest projects that benefit people and nature.

*We constantly work together with our suppliers to ensure that our wood comes from more sustainable sources (FSC®-certified or recycled). There will sometimes be a small percentage on its way towards more sustainable sources due to supply disruptions or when we partner with new suppliers meaning we cannot guarantee 100% fulfilment at every given point in time. We consider a goal to be fully reached when we achieve more than 98% fulfilment overall.

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