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IKEA to ban single-use plastic products by 2020

IKEA announced it will stop selling single-use plastic products in the stores and remove them from its restaurants globally by 2020, as part of its updated sustainability strategy.

In an attempt to reduce carbon footprint, not only will IKEA phrase out single-use plastic products such as straws, plates, cups, cutlery, garbage bags, IKEA will also introduce more non-meat food choices in its restaurants, such as vegetarian hot dogs.

The move is part of a broader sustainability strategy known as “people and planet positive by 2030”. The company aims to purchase 100% renewable energy by 2020, achieve zero emissions on deliveries by 2025 and start using only renewable and recycled materials in its products.

Lena Pripp-Kovac, IKEA sustainability manager, said “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.”

The company has already invested US$2 billion into renewable energy projects. It is planning to build 416 wind turbines. And around 750,000 solar panels have been installed on IKEA buildings.

“Our ambition is to become people and planet positive by 2030 while growing the IKEA business,” said Torbjörn Lööf, Inter IKEA Group Chief Executive.

IKEA made this swift move immediately after European Union proposed banning plastic items including straws, cotton buds, cutlery, balloon sticks and drink stirrers.

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