Do IKEA products already fulfil the circular design principles?
“Not all of the principles. While we have products that have some circular capabilities, such as the KUNGSBACKA kitchen doors which are made from 100% recycled wood and plastic, it’s still a work in progress. Our customers will see the results of our efforts over the next few years.”
Can you give any examples of how IKEA products contribute to prolonging the life of furniture today?
“One aim of circular design is to develop products that can be useful throughout the changing lives of our customers. For example, we have baby cots that transform into toddler beds, or modular products such as PLATSA storage solution or VIMLE sofa, where pieces can be added or taken away as needed, to adapt to constantly evolving needs.”
There is a growing awareness of the impact consumption has on the planet. Do you still want people to buy new furniture?
“We believe that you shouldn’t have to compromise on quality of life or products to act responsibly. People should still be able to refresh their space as often as they want to and improve their life at home, with functional, beautiful and affordable furniture of good quality, without damaging the planet. When the products are no longer needed, we encourage our customers to give their furniture a second life. This can be by repairing, reusing, passing them on, or recycling them. Today, we are already exploring future opportunities to find new solutions with many local IKEA initiatives. We are also looking for ways to turn materials from old products into resources for new ones.”