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We want to make healthy and sustainable living affordable for everyone

In order to make impactful, positive change, we aim to inspire as many people as possible to live more sustainably. With our scale and reach, we have a big opportunity and responsibility to lead the way by making healthy and sustainable living affordable, desirable and accessible for the many people.

Our ambition for 2030 is to inspire and enable more than one billion people to live a better everyday life within the boundaries of the planet.

One way we aim to reach this is by developing all products using the IKEA circular product design principles and continuously improving our ways of working with sustainability in the IKEA Democratic Design approach. Democratic Design is a method we use to develop products that are more sustainable, beautiful, functional and high quality at the lowest price possible – good design that’s accessible to the many people. More than 9,500 products ranging from furniture to home furnishing accessories, have been assessed for their circular capabilities.

Designing for circularity

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We will design every product from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured and eventually recycled, by applying our circular product design principles during the product development process.

Our commitments:

Inspiring and enabling people to live healthier, more sustainable lives

Today, people with thin wallets have the hardest time affording solutions for healthy and sustainable living. IKEA has a real possibility to change this. Our scale and reach enable efficient production and distribution, and the ability to influence healthier and more sustainable behaviours. Based on research and our knowledge about life at home, we are developing affordable, complete home furnishing solutions that can improve people’s everyday health, wellbeing and ability to live within the boundaries of the planet.

Solutions for a healthy and sustainable home

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We will develop and promote affordable, complete home furnishing solutions with the primary function to improve people’s everyday health, well-being and ability to live within the boundaries of the planet.

The focus is on solutions related to:

  • Clean energy, air and water
  • Resource-efficient living and reducing waste
  • Healthy eating, sleeping and exercising
  • 9,500+

    9,500 products have now been assessed for their circular capabilities

  • 80%

    of all packaged food offered will be plant-based by 2025

Innovation is key in our water saving solutions

Around 10% of global fresh water is consumed in people’s homes, and that number is expected to increase across the world. We are constantly working on developing more ways to save water. MISTELN water nozzle can reduce water use by up to 90%. This innovative product is expected to be launched in 2022.

 
A bathroom sink and a tap with a black, water-saving MISTELN water nozzle.
A white STARKVIND table with air purifier and a vase with flowers on top in a combined living room and dining area.

Enabling people to have better air at home

Indoor air pollution is a significant health challenge in many parts of the world. We want to play our role both by addressing the root causes and by developing affordable solutions that help improve indoor air at home, like the STARKVIND air purifier.

Launching the first smart air purifier STARKVIND, IKEA enters a new product category for IKEA Home smart

In FY21, SOLHETTA LED bulbs were introduced. They last about 25,000 hours and are, on average, 35% more energy efficient than previous IKEA LED bulbs.

Inspiring healthier, more sustainable choices

Eating a plant-based diet is one of the most significant actions an individual can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A consumer survey from 2020 showed that a considerable number of meat-eaters would be willing to switch to plant-based alternatives (41%) if it tastes equally good and has the same price and nutritional value. That is why we at IKEA focus on increasing the share of plant-based alternatives and on making plant-based alternatives nutritious and delicious, and presenting and communicating them in a way that inspires customers to choose these products.

A kitchen top with a package of VÄRLDSKLOK plant-based mince, tomatoes, a pan with mince balls, tomato sauce and herbs.

Promoting circular and sustainable consumption

To meet the needs and dreams of people today – without compromising those of future generations – we’re continuously improving our ways of working. We want to enable customers to prolong the life of their IKEA products through convenient solutions that inspire them to acquire, care for, and pass them on in circular ways.

Becoming circular affects everything we do

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We are transforming into a circular business. This means:

  • Designing every product from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured and eventually recycled, by applying our circular product design principles during the product development process
  • Aiming to only use renewable or recycled materials, by adapting and finding new sources and developing new materials
  • Finding circular solutions for existing and new customers to acquire, care for and pass on products
  • Taking the lead and joining forces with others through advocacy, collaboration, and business partnerships

Our ambition is that all IKEA products will be circular by 2030.

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We’re bringing more recycled materials into our products

In a world of limited resources, we are moving towards a circular system by increasing our demand for recycled materials. Some product examples are the TIPHEDE rug made with recycled/recovered cotton and SVALLET lamp made with recycled plastic. ANNAKAJSA and BENGTA room darkening curtains are made with recycled polyester, and the NYSKÖLJD drying mat has recently been improved to use 100% recycled fabric and piping.

IKEA buys back from customers

A growing number of IKEA markets buy back IKEA furniture from customers who no longer need it and re-sell these good-quality second-hand items to new customers. In FY20, furniture leasing models were tested in six European markets in our efforts to explore more circular ways for customers to use, care for and pass on their IKEA furniture.

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Creating a movement in society around better everyday living

People around the world are becoming more concerned about their health, as well as the health of the planet. We’ll lead the movement towards a healthy and sustainable future, engaging co-workers, customers, partners and citizens while sharing knowledge and inspiration.

Phasing out and replacing products

To contribute to a more sustainable society, we have been phasing out and replacing products with new, innovative solutions for many years. Our ambition is to continue to be ahead of legislation to phase out products and materials that no longer align with our understanding of healthy and sustainable living. We are also working with other businesses to transform our industry, advocating for better policies, strategies and regulations.

A man with a beard and a bright green t-shirt  drinks from a transparent IKEA 365+ water bottle next to a green wall.

All single-use plastic products have been removed from the IKEA home furnishing range globally since January, 2020.

It’s time to re-think (and recharge) batteries

A closeup of the inside of an IKEA LADDA battery charger with two light green batteries attached and two missing.

In October 2021, we began phasing out non-rechargeable alkaline batteries from our global range. The aim is to enable our customers to reduce waste and save money over time by switching to rechargeable batteries.

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Limiting food waste in different ways

Being careful with resources is a core value for IKEA in everything we do, and it includes creating products that help people save food at home. With the Food is Precious initiative IKEA aimed to cut food waste by 50% in all IKEA stores by August 2020.


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