IKEA will be offering spare furniture parts as part of its ambitious plan to become a 'fully circular and climate positive business by 2030'.
The announcement came in the company's most recent sustainability report. This is great news for the environment, but also new beloved pieces of IKEA furniture that can now be given a new longer lifespan.
The furniture giant's announcement comes at an opportune moment. Public demand for more sustainable products and greater company accountability are growing as the strain of fast homeware on the environment is becoming more apparent.
IKEA's success stems from its ability to make furniture that it looks great in small, urban spaces, but also from the products' affordability. Over the years, the fact that IKEA furniture is so affordable has sometimes created the idea that it is disposable –it's this idea that the company is eager to move away from.
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The first step in the sustainable direction has been the launch of spare tools for Ikea furniture assembly – you can now order nuts, bolts, and other metal fixtures for popular IKEA designs for free. However, the plan is to expand the service to offer furniture parts such as arm rests, sofa legs, and more – although these will come with a fee.
This should make many of IKEA's products repairable and longer-lasting, although the company said in an interview with the Financial Times (opens in new tab) that the effect on sales numbers of new furniture will be 'limited' because the ability to repair will make IKEA furniture more attractive to new buyers.
This isn't the only Ikea sustainability initiative; the company will also run a buy-back scheme for some of its products. The store will buy back chairs, tables, and bookcases – offering Ikea vouchers for up to 50 per cent of the item's original value.
The furniture materials are then reused or recycled. The company's aim is to produce at least 30 per cent of its furniture from recycled wood by 2030.
IKEA have summarised their goals in the following statement: 'Our ambition is to become a climate-positive business by 2030 and we believe that shifting to a circular business model will help get us there.'
'When we work to prolong the life of our materials and products, we help to decrease the footprint by reducing the amount of new materials being produced and the amount of future waste.'
Anna is Consumer Editor across Future home titles. She contributes to Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home and Real Homes, and she has a background in academic research. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s. Not just an expert in consumer shopping trends, she has also written about literature, architecture, and photography, and has a special interest in high-end interior design.
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