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IKEA takes the next step to enable a more sustainable living

During Democratic Design Days, IKEA presented and announced several initiatives towards becoming people and planet positive. These include a new collection using waste plastic recovered from the Mediterranean, a prototype plant-based alternative to the meatball and an urban plant-growing collaboration with designer Tom Dixon.

“People want to live in more sustainable ways and our ambition is to make sustainable living affordable, attractive and inspiring for the many people,” says Torbjörn Lööf, CEO of Inter IKEA Group. “That’s why, together with others, we are exploring many new and exciting solutions.”

New initiatives

Recently announced and ongoing initiatives

“From our own history we know that challenges can lead to opportunities and amazing innovations,” says Lena Pripp Kovac, Head of Sustainability, Inter IKEA Group. “For many years, sustainability has been an integrated part of our business and how we design products. To take the next step on our journey to inspire and develop better everyday living for the many people, we are further tackling wasteful consumption. This, of course, we can only do by collaborating with others to solve some of the biggest challenges we face together.”

As a step towards becoming a circular business IKEA aims at replacing all virgin polyester textile products with recycled polyester by 2020 Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: IKEA Newsroom

A floating solar farm was built in Germany

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Freiburg sets an example

In the fourth largest city of the state of Baden-Württemberg, urban development took a green direction a number of decades ago, which may serve as an example for other municipalities.

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Plastic Cup’s international effort to protect the River Tisza

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66 countries pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

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Legal personhood proposed for a river in England

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The Budapest Water Summit will be open to all visitors

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Americans also think that climate change is a problem

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Message from Greta Thunberg: We need action more than hope

Here’s an inspiring and thought-provoking talk from a young climate activist who, at only 15, has become the iconic face of the fight against climate change.

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