Ikea makes sustainability progress but 'still more to do'

Ikea bedroom

Ikea is forging ahead with its sustainability goals with the announcement that it sold almost 80 million LED light bulbs in the last year, having switched its whole lighting range to lower-energy LEDs.

The 2016 financial year also saw the homeware giant source all the cotton and 61 per cent of the wood used for its products from more sustainable sources and replace nasty oil-based expanded polystyrene (EPS) formerly found in its flat-packs with fibre-based, recyclable materials.

Furthermore, Ikea will invest a huge €1 billion (£835 million) in forestry and companies developing recycling, renewable energy and biomaterials to ensure a long-term, sustainable supply chain.

Ikea's People & Planet initiative also includes increasing equality and inclusivity in its workforce.

"We have made significant progress towards our People & Planet targets, but there is still more to do. We want to lead with passion and purpose towards a more sustainable and equal world," says Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ikea Group.

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