IKEA is well on its way to using entirely renewable or recycled materials in all of its products by the year 2030.
We’re not going to beat around the bush here: unless corporations fundamentally change the way they do business, we’re all screwed. Climate change is real, and we’re all teetering on the edge of a global climate apocalypse unless we do something.
IKEA gets it. That’s why they’re on a course to remake their business in an environmentally sustainable way. By the year 2030, IKEA plans to have all of its products use either recycled or renewable materials.
And they’re well on their way. In 2018, About 60% of their product range used renewable resources, while 10% came from recycled materials. That’s just 30% left to go to reach their goal.
Not only that, IKEA is looking at making electricity from renewable sources too. Specifically, the sun. About 18,240 solar panels now adorn the IKEA factory in Portugal, which is enough to power 2,700 homes. IKEA also offers home solar panel kits to turn your house into a solar power plant in six different countries, including Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Poland, and Switzerland.
Another angle that IKEA is fighting climate change is the food we eat. Studies show that switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet would dramatically cut the carbon footprint of agriculture, which is why IKEA is also introducing various plant-based food products to their stores. One is a vegan hotdog which has a carbon footprint seven times less than a regular hotdog.
Single-use plastics will also be gone by 2020.
It’s not just the products IKEA makes, but also where they get their materials that impact climate change. That’s why IKEA is trying to source their materials from 100% sustainable sources. So far, they’ve achieved that 100% mark with cotton for the second time, while wood is still lagging a bit behind at 85% sustainable. That’s still up from 77% last year, so IKEA is still improving year after year.
Sadly, IKEA is just one company. If more massive multi-national corporations jumped on the sustainable bandwagon, maybe we wouldn’t be in such dire straights. If you’re the head of a huge corporation, please: be like IKEA.