Furniture and housewares retailer Ikea is this week to open what it calls its “leading sustainable store in the UK”.
The Greenwich branch opens on 7 February and will include the company’s’s first ‘learning lab’, in which customers, partners and the local community can explore how to prolong the life of products, upcycle them, reduce waste and grow their own food.
Ikea is also developing a scheme, so far only in Switzerland, under which it would lease furniture to customers, taking it back when no longer required to avoid waste.
An Ikea spokesperson said: “In certain markets, such as Switzerland, we are exploring and testing potential solutions and have a pilot project to look into the leasing of furniture, but it is still too early to confirm exactly what this will look like.
“[Becoming] a fully circular business by 2030 can only be achieved through collaboration. In addition to working with customers to find appealing and accessible solutions that enable them to live more sustainably, we are also partnering with stakeholders to share experiences.”
Ikea said that last year in the UK, it sent zero waste to landfill for the third year running. It offers furniture and textile take-back schemes with goods in adequate condition being donated to charities.