Ikea to ditch single-use plastic by 2020

Shoppers and Ikea sign

Ikea is kicking on with its sustainability commitments, with a new pledge to remove all single-use plastic products from shelves and restaurants by 2020.

The retailer has updated its eco strategy – called People and Planet Positive – setting targets to become 'a circular business and becoming climate positive by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the Ikea value chain emits'. It also plans to reduce the climate footprint of all of its products by an average of 70 per cent.

There's a goal to design products 'with new circular principles', namely using only renewable and recycled materials, and offering services to help customers look after and pass on products more easily.

Ikea single use plastic

"Our ambition is to become people and planet positive by 2030 while growing the Ikea business. Through our size and reach we have the opportunity to inspire and enable more than one billion people to live better lives, within the limits of the planet," says Inter Ikea Group CEO, Torbjörn Lööf.

"Change will only be possible if we collaborate with others and nurture entrepreneurship. We are committed to taking the lead working together with everyone – from raw material suppliers all the way to our customers and partners."

Ikea has also given us some hints of things to come, like a veggie hot dog hitting its cafes this year and a tap nozzle that can save water by more than 90 per cent, which was demonstrated at the retailer's Democratic Design event.

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