IKEA to stop selling single-use plastic products by 2020

09 Junio, 2018, 09:10 | Author: Arnold Perez
  • Ikea has vowed to ban all single-use plastic items from its stores by 2020. Source GettyMore

The Swedish furniture maker announced Friday that the decision includes the removal of plastic straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups from its home furnishing range.

IKEA has just joined the global fight against plastic pollution by committing to phase out single-use plastic products from its stores and restaurants by 2020.

Seale said that the company is looking to do its part for the planet.

"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", Inter IKEA CEO Torbjorn said in a statement to accompany the company's 2030 sustainability strategy document.

Sustainability Manager, Lena Pripp-Kovac says "becoming truly circular means meeting people's changing lifestyles, prolonging the life of products and materials and using resources in a smarter way".

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New products will also be created to be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold, and recycled while generating as little waste as possible, says the company. The ban on plastics in customer and co-worker restaurants will originally apply to 363 stores in 29 markets through the company's biggest franchise Ingka Holding B.V and controlled entities.

CNN reports that Ikea also has a goal of purchasing 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.

"Change will only be possible if we collaborate with others and nurture entrepreneurship".

IKEA Southeast Asia, the franchise that owns and operates all IKEA stores in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, will also be contributing to the cause.

Tesco has told suppliers it wants to stop using non-recyclable plastic packaging from next year, while Waitrose is phasing out black plastic trays that are hard to recycle.

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