Swedish Retail Leader Ikea Will Ban All Single-Use Plastic Items by 2020

Published On : Jun 08, 2018

The Swedish furniture giant announced Ikea’s future plans recently, in which clearly mentioned that they will remove all single-use plastic products by 2020.

This amazing move is part of a larger sustainability initiative by Ikea. The company has said it aims to purchase 100% renewable energy by 2020. “Our ambition is to become people and planet-positive by 2030 while growing the IKEA business,” Inter Ikea group chief executive Torbjörn Lööf said recently. It has been also stated by the company that the new policy will apply across all of its stores globally. This means Ikea will be phasing out products like disposable plastic straws, plates and garbage bags, and that customers will soon need to eat the company’s famous meatballs without plastic cutlery or plates.

In the present time, from the stomachs of baby seabirds to the depths of the oceans, plastic pollution is everywhere. The problem of plastic waste around the world is constantly becoming worse, therefore many countries and companies have begun to ban single-use plastic items. Single-use plastics can be very damaging to marine life. Marine animals are constantly dying by eating plastic waste. This important Ikea’s decision has been sparked by the announcement of the European Union’s proposal to ban single-use plastic products such as cotton buds, drink stirrers, cutlery, balloon sticks and plastic straws. Also, a major fact behind this move is that many cities and business address the environmental issues associated with plastic products.

The prime objective of the updated strategy is to transform Ikea into a circular business and create positive social impact. By 2025, the Swedish retail giant plans to achieve zero emission home deliveries and expand the offer of affordable home solar solutions from five markets to 29 markets across the globe. Sustainability Manager of Ikea, Lena Pripp-Kovac has stated that they will design all products from its starting phase to be reused, repaired, repurposed, resold and recycled.

Currently, 60% of the Ikea range is based on renewable materials, while approximately 10% contain recycled materials, according to an Ikea spokesperson.

In the month of May, Alaska Airlines announced that it was phasing out single-use, non-recyclable plastic mingling straws in favor of compostable versions made of white birch.

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