IKEA took sustainable design to a new level with new commitments to become people and planet positive by 2030. At the Democratic Design Days in Älmhult, IKEA announced a design commitment to reduce their climate impact and to contribute to a world without waste.

The program calls for an upcycle design process using innovative and recycled materials, and employing artisanal crafts techniques so designs last longer.

“Becoming truly circular means meeting people’s changing lifestyles, prolonging the life of products and materials and using resources in a smarter way. To make this a reality, we will design all products from the very beginning to be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold and recycled”

Lena Pripp-Kovac, Sustainability Manager

If IKEA stays the course they could potentially reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than they emit, drastically reducing the climate footprint of their products and operations.

The Fashion Plate
courtesy photo: IKEA

According to a statement from Inter IKEA Group CEO Torbjörn Lööf the value chain also intends to collaborate with local raw material suppliers to further reduce their carbon emission numbers.

“Change will only be possible if we collaborate with others and nurture entrepreneurship. We are committed to taking the lead working together with everyone – all the way to our customers and partners.”

Torbjörn Lööf, IKEA Group CEO

The Fashion Plate
IKEA partners with Bucharest-based social enterprise Mesteshukar ButiQ utilizing their skills to produce precious, handcrafted products while creating jobs.

Are you excited to see what IKEA will produce? Drop a line in the comment section below.

Posted by:Nichelle Cole

Nichelle Cole is the founder & creative director of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

Hey! Leave a comment!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.