Ikea To Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Products

Ikea said it will eliminate all single-use plastic products from its home furnishings and other key use departments, including restaurants, by January 1, 2020.

The company noted that it is moving toward becoming circular in all aspects of its operations from product development, material sourcing, supply chain development and logistics to how and where it meets its customers. As such, Ikea is finding new ways to work with renewable and recycled materials, and to prolonging the life of products and materials.

The company is developing all new products from the beginning so they can be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled, generating as little waste as possible using circular design principles. The immediate goal Ikea has set is for all of its products and packing materials to incorporate renewable and/or recycled materials as it phases out virgin plastic by 2030.

Ikea also intends to phase out single-use plastic items offered in customer and co-worker restaurants, bistros and cafes by the end of 2019 across its 29 retail markets.