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Ikea pledges closed loop support

Furniture giant Ikea has pledged to support closed loop recycling and create products that cut waste as part of a sustainability drive announced this week.

The firm says that it will develop resource chains to secure recycled materials and create easily recyclable products, as well as ensure all materials including packaging is made from renewable, recyclable or recycled materials by 2020.

Chief sustainability officer Steve Howard said the company could help local authorities recycle kitchens and larger furniture and even offer low-cost leasing of kitchens, according to the Financial Times. He said the company was looking at allowing customers to return products at the end of their life so that they could be re-used.

In a report, People & Planet Positive IKEA Group Sustainability Strategy for 2020, the company says it will create “resource chain” projects to target key raw materials via new flows of recycled material. The company also sets out its ambitions to become a more environmentally friendly company and a raft of targets across its sustainability goals.

They include:

  • 30% of the wood used by the industry group will be recycled.
  • A minimum of 90% of company waste sorted for recycling by the end of 2015.
  • No food waste to landfill or incineration by end of next year.
  • By the end of 2016, all electric hobs sold will be energy efficient induction hobs and all light will be LED.Ikea said it also wants to produce as much renwable energy as it consumers by 2020 and reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2015, and cut transport-related carbon emissions by 20% by 2017.

Ikea group chief sustainability officer Steve Howard said it wanted to make it easier for customers to reduce energy use and cut waste.

“People & Planet Positive will also enable us to take our responsibilities in the supply chain further over the coming years by, for example, only using renewable energy to power our buildings and advocating for children’s rights,” he said.

The company has allocated €1.5 billion (£1.2bn) to wind and solar projects and is installing 120 solar panels in its stores and warehouses. Currently installed turbines and panels generate around 27% of the electricity needed for the company’s operations. Energy efficiency at Ikea’s stores has increased 10% since 2005, the company says.

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