The world’s first second-hand IKEA store opens in Sweden

IKEA takes a step forward in its journey to become a circular business by 2030, with the opening of its first world’s first second-hand store in Eskilstuna, Sweden. The store is located in the ReTuna Shopping Centre, where all products sold are reused or recycled. The new store that will be open initially for 6 months, is run by the existing IKEA Västerås store that will provide furniture and home furnishing accessories that for different reasons have been damaged. At ReTuna they will be repaired and given a second chance…

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IKEA to remove non-rechargeable alkaline batteries by 2021

Following IKEA’s commitment to inspire and enable people to live a healthier and more sustainable life at home, all non-rechargeable alkaline batteries will be removed from the global home furnishing range by October 2021. With this decision, IKEA wishes to inspire consumers who need to frequently use batteries to make a switch to rechargeable batteries. Regular use over time enables consumers to both save money and reduce waste at home. Several current comparative Life Cycle Assessment studies show that the environmental impact of alkaline batteries is higher compared to rechargeable…

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IKEA supports social entrepreneurs to have a bigger impact

Together with Ashoka, Inter IKEA Group, through IKEA Social Entrepreneurship BV, supports social entrepreneurs looking to solve deep-rooted social issues in the areas of equality, inclusion and livelihoods. In this second year of a tailor-made and co-created global programme, the Dela Accelerator, twelve social entrepreneurs will partner up with IKEA co-workers to strengthen and scale solutions to achieve a bigger positive impact on society.   During the year-long Dela Accelerator Programme, specially selected IKEA co-workers will support the social entrepreneurs with their business scale-up plans in order for them to have the biggest…

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IKEA and Flow Loop to develop water recycling shower solutions together

IKEA and Flow Loop are partnering up to develop a water recycling shower solution to inspire and enable people to be more water efficient. The solution aims to save up to 80% of water and reduce up to 70% of energy used compared to average shower solutions by recycling and cleaning the shower water in a closed loop. Approximately one tenth of the global fresh water is consumed in people’s home and the usage of water in the homes is expected to increase across the world. The biggest water consuming…

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation welcomes IKEA as Strategic Partner

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation are delighted to announce that IKEA has joined them as a Strategic Partner as it works towards becoming a circular business by 2030. The partnership between Inter IKEA Group and the Foundation, announced today, will focus on putting the home furnishing business on the global circular map and accelerating the transition to a circular economy within IKEA and beyond. Working together, one of our first projects will be to develop a common glossary of terms to support an industry-wide transition. To become circular is one of…

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