IKEA Plans to Sell Spare Parts to Extend the Life of Its Furniture
Raise your hand if you’ve ever thrown a piece of IKEA furniture because part of it broke off. Well, soon you will be able to easily extend the life of your furniture as the retailer plans to sell replacement parts, reports the Financial Times.
Another step in its promise to become more sustainable, IKEA’s will start selling spare parts worldwide on its website this year. Although a list of the parts IKEA plans to sell hasn’t been released, you can expect to find items like sofa covers and legs. “We test a lot,” Lena Pripp-Kovac, Inter IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, told the sales point.
Last year, IKEA announced new measures to promote sustainability. Last November, the retailer launched a buyback program that allows customers to sell their used furniture back to stores for credit. The buyback program has been launched in 27 countries around the world, including the UK, Canada, France and Australia.
In September, the retailer also announced that it plans to remove all non-rechargeable alkaline batteries from all stores worldwide by October 2021. Alkaline batteries have a higher environmental impact than rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiHM) batteries when used in household appliances with high energy consumption, according to studies IKEA cited in a press release. By taking non-rechargeable alkaline batteries off the shelves, the customer is hoping to switch to rechargeable batteries.
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