Ikea Will Buy Back the Furniture You No Longer Want and Recycle or Resell It
Why the world citizens should care
The United Nations Global Goal 12 for Responsible Consumption and Production includes a commitment to reduce waste and improve sustainability in supply chains. Some companies, including Ikea – the world’s largest furniture chain – are already on the rise. Join our movement to protect the environment and take action here.
Ikea is a magical place.
Every visit leads to slight hallucinations: forays into living rooms give way to visions of blazing fireplaces; You see a Christmas banquet in every kitchen; and pine for refrigerators that dispense ice without having to put a knife on the top of the freezer.
But a dream factory has to be filled with dreamers. While buyers get lost in the worlds of Malm, Pax and Trysil, Ikea is thinking about the future: changing the packaging to biodegradable material made from mushrooms, growing gardens in common areas, rolling out carpets from Syrian refugees and building huge bath toys for cleaning Plastic pollution in the London Thames.
And his latest brainwave is all about sustainability.
The world’s largest furniture company will buy back certain furniture you no longer want with Ikea vouchers worth up to half the original product price. in an initiative that will run in 27 countries from Black Friday on November 27th.
“By making sustainable living easier and accessible, Ikea hopes the initiative will help its customers take a stand against excessive consumption this Black Friday and in the years to come,” the chain said.
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The amount you get back depends on the condition of the item. All you have to do is fill out a form, take it to the return desk in an Ikea store, and the products will be assessed for wear and tear.
Bookcases, desks, chairs and dining tables – basically all furniture without upholstery – will be added to the range.
Ikea hopes, after a successful pilot project in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland, to have a dedicated section for second-hand projects in all stores.
A truly remarkable business initiative. Bravo IKEA! 👍
IKEA 🇸🇪 will buy back used furniture in 27 countries. To combat climate change and create a circular economy. Https://t.co/aQWIJbbHMqpic.twitter.com/27T23SshSt
– Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim), October 20, 2020
Anything that cannot be repaired and resold is recycled.
It’s part of the company’s attempts to create a truly circular business model by 2030. This means that everything that is made is made from recyclable materials and furniture is made that is made from high quality materials. At the same time, Ikea is updating its supply chain with a focus on repairing and reusing products.
The sustainability boost is related to Ikea’s mission to be completely climate-neutral across its entire business area by 2030. He invested £ 2.9 billion in the initiative – including £ 171 million specifically for renewable energy and reforestation.
And the trend is catching on: Furniture competitor John Lewis has brought its climate-neutral deadline forward to 2035 and at the same time guaranteed that all of its products will have a similar buy-back or take-back solution by 2025, as published in the new 5-year manifest on Monday.
“Sustainability is the defining theme of our time and Ikea is committed to being part of the solution to promoting sustainable consumption and combating climate change,” said Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager for Ikea in the UK and Ireland.
“With the introduction of Buy Back, we are giving a second life to many more Ikea products and creating simpler and cheaper solutions to help people live more sustainably,” he added. “It’s an exciting step forward in our journey to becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030.”
Furniture that helps make waste and carbon emissions go away – see? Just like magic.