As part of IKEA’s global commitment to people and the planet, the company will eliminate all single-use plastic products from its home furnishing range globally by January 1, 2020. This includes items like straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.
IKEA also bans single-use plastic items (including straws, cups, cutlery, plates and beverage stirrers) from its much-beloved restaurants, bistros, and cafes. These items will be replaced by ones made from sustainable materials, and all-new single-use items will be made from renewable sources.
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Vladimir Víšek, Sustainability Manager at the IKEA in the Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia said:
“The endless consumption of single-use plastic and the inadequate use of our natural resources leads to the immense contamination of the environment we live in.”
On their website, IKEA states:
“Single-use plastic items pollute ecosystems such as oceans and waterways and harm wildlife if not disposed of responsibly. This is a complex problem with no single solution. To drastically reduce plastic pollution, policymakers, businesses and consumers, must all work together to contribute to the change. IKEA is determined to play a part and take responsibility in the areas where it can make a difference.”
As of 1 January 2020, IKEA no longer sells the following items:
- SODA straws,
- SÖTVATTEN beverage stirrers,
- VIFTA beverage stirrers,
- FÖRNYBAR freezer bags,
- ISIGA single-use ice cube bags,
- FÖRSLUTAS garbage bags,
- LURVIG waste dispenser bags,
- all plastic cutlery and beverage stirrers
IKEA aims to phase out virgin fossil plastic from all products by 2030.
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