The Swedish furniture giant IKEA which also produces textiles, curtains & rugs said no to plastic bag as part of a broader sustainability strategy, in which it committed to becoming “people and planet-positive by 2030.” On June 7, 2018 IKEA said that it is going to phase out all single-use plastic products from its stores and restaurants by 2020.
By 2020, it’s aimed at purchasing 100% renewable energy and use only renewable and recyclable materials. It also wants to make its home deliveries zero emission by 2025.
It has already invested USD 2 billion in renewable energy projects. It is planning to build 416 wind turbines and has already installed around 750,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings. The retailer has already invested in wind farms and put solar panels on its stores as part of plans to rely on renewable electricity and heat in its stores by 2020.
IKEA has more than 363 stores worldwide, says it also wants to help its customers live more sustainably by offering products such as a tap nozzle that could save more than 90% of water used.
Torbjörn Lööf, the CEO of IKEA’s parent company Inter IKEA Group said, “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.”
On a global basis, only 14% of plastic is collected for recycling. The reuse rate is terrible compared to other materials — 58% of paper and up to 90% of iron and steel gets recycled.
The Greenpeace UK oceans campaigner Elena Polisano welcomed the Ikea move and said: “We now need to see other big retailers come up with ambitious plans to cut the amount of throwaway plastic on their shelves. With one truckload of plastic waste entering our seas every minute and spreading everywhere from the Arctic to the Antarctic and to the deepest point of the ocean, we need bold action – and fast.”