In case you needed another reason to love IKEA, we've got you. It's official: IKEA has sold its last plastic straw as it bids all single-use plastics adieu. The Swedish-founded retailer is one step (or one straw, rather) closer to fulfilling its commitment to eliminate all single-use plastics from its product lines and restaurants by January 1st, 2020. The IKEA single-use plastic ban is definitely one New Year's resolution that all of Canada can get behind!
IKEA publicly announced this morning that the company has phased out all single-use plastic straws in Canada. Even more impressive, the retailer has also pledged to eliminate all single-use plastics from its product range and restaurants in a time horizon of exactly nine months.
Melissa Mirowski, IKEA Canada's Sustainability Specialist, announced in a company press release, "Plastic straws have become an important symbol in the global movement to drastically reduce plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. Together with our co-workers and customers, we are proud to take this significant step to contribute to a world without waste."
IKEA explains that the elimination of single-use plastics facilitates the company in achieving its objective of evolving into a fully circular business by the year 2030. Described in the company's People + Planet positive sustainability strategy, the company's current linear business model will be transformed to incorporate the design of products with re-use, repair, repurposing and recycling applications.
The company plans to use only renewable, recycled and recyclable materials, right from the beginning of production, thereby reducing waste.
IKEA Canada will also introduce a wide range of services to extend the lifespan of products by connecting and engaging with customers. As the company phases out single-use plastics, IKEA will begin introducing more sustainable alternatives, such as new, biodegradable paper straws in both its product lines and restaurants.
Michael Ward, IKEA Canada's President, explained, "The world is changing rapidly and we know bold action is required to tackle the sustainability challenges we face. This is one positive step on our journey to become fully circular and climate positive in our operations by 2030."
Back in June of 2018, IKEA launched its new People + Planet Positive strategy. The project is composed of three major pillars of change to enable IKEA to bring its company vision to life: enabling healthy and sustainable living, becoming a circular and climate positive business, and being fair and equal.
According to the press release, IKEA's sustainability commitments include, but are not limited to:
The design of all IKEA products to be 100 per cent circular (aka producing the minimum amount of waste possible).
The production of all IKEA products and packaging to be derived from renewable and recycled materials by 2030.
Achieving zero emission home delivery by 2025.
Inspiring and enabling over 1 billion people to live a "better everyday life within the means of the planet" by 2030.
The phasing out of virgin fossil plastics from products by 2030.
The reduction of food waste by 50 per cent by 2020.
IKEA Canada recently initiated its Sell-Back program as a component of its sustainability strategy, contributing to its circular business model vision. The service allows customers to apply to sell their gently-used IKEA products back to the retailer, and in exchange, IKEA grants the product a second opportunity to find a new home through resale or donation.