If you’ve ever been to one of our Belgian homes, you’ve probably noticed that just about everything we own is from IKEA. The main reason for this was that it was cheap and we needed furniture in a hurry. I’ve always felt a bit concerned about the disposability of IKEA furniture though. It’s not like it is designed to last generations and with the frequency of people coming and going from Brussels, I’m sure a lot of it ends up in the landfill.
Today I sumbled upon this article about the sustainability of the IKEA company. I was rather surprised by some of their green initiatives.
- Today, 71% of all IKEA products are recyclable, made from recycled materials, or both.
- The company recycles 84% of the waste generated in its stores.
- When a country introduces stricter emissions rules,
like when Japan decided to restrict formaldehyde emissions to levels
close to zero, IKEA imposes the new restrictions on its global
operations. As a result, Ikea’s policy reflects the strictest emissions
policies in countries across the world, even though it sometimes drives
- The new Spreitenbach store is the first store in Switzerland heated only using wood pellets and sunshine.
Of course none of this addresses the disposablity issue, but it’s nice to know that a global corporation is doing more than the bare minimum. If you’re interested you can read the full article at Inhabitat.
What do you think of IKEA and their green initiatives?