Sustainable Spotlight: IKEA

A lot of us love to shop, but sometimes it’s hard to keep in mind which companies are sustainable or have environmentally friendly products. So, we did a bit of research and found that IKEA has a number of sustainable practices that we liked. From energy saving tips, to sustainable appliances, IKEA deserves the Spotlight this week.

Most of the information that we will be providing you with is available at: IKEA Sustainable Living.

Sustainable Living with IKEA

Energy Saving appliances

Many of the IKEA refrigerators and dishwashers are ENERGY STAR® certified, which are 15-20% more efficient than government guidelines.

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Magnetic Field Technology

IKEA offers induction cooktops that use magnetic field technology. These cooktops only heat the pot, not the cooktop or air, so only the amount of heat actually needed is used.

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Flat-Woven Rug

These rugs are made from leftover fabric from IKEA’s bedlinen production and are handwoven individually by skilled craftspeople from Bangladesh. This means that each rug is unique and that the leftover fabric is not thrown out and wasted. Unfortunately the item is not available online, but they should be found at your local store.

Tanum Flat-woven Rugs

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Kitchen Faucets

IKEA’s kitchen faucets can save up to 50% of your water usage by adding a little bit of air in with the water through a small aerator. This then reduces the amount of water that you use, without making a difference in pressure.

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TIP TIME

You know how you let the tap run while you’re waiting for the water to heat up? Or all the water that goes down the drain when you’re rinsing fruit and veggies? Save that water by putting a container underneath and using it to water your plants, clean your dishes, etc.

Recycling Station

Do you find that your garbage/recycling station gets really messy or unorganized? IKEA provides bins that can be easily arranged based on your preference. They are easy to carry, lift and keep odours locked in.

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Food Containers

Whether you are making a big batch of food for dinner, or packing a lunch for work, containers are one of the best ways to save money and plastic waste.

IKEA offers glass containers that keep food fresher for longer.

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And they also have jars that are perfect if you are making preserves like sauerkraut or just love storing your food in jars.

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These bottles can also double as flower vases or as a table centre piece. (Super boho 😉 )

Drying Rack

Drying racks are one of the best ways to save energy and money. If you don’t need a clothing piece immediately, and you have a bit of time, hang up your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer. IKEA sells an array of drying racks than can either be folded away or mounted to the wall to save space

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LED Lighting

IKEA has changed all their lighting to LED lighting.  LED uses 85% less energy than incandescent lightbulbs and lasts 25 times longer. Not only are they energy saving and long-lasting but they are also good quality and beautiful.

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Soft and Renewable Bed Sheets

These sheets are made from Lyocell, which is a cellulose-based material derived from wood fibres from tree farms. IKEA is trying to reduce their cotton usage so they have mostly replaced the cotton ingredients with Lyocell. This is beacause wood farms use less water than cotton farms. However some of the sheets still contain cotton, but it is sustainably grown. Check out the ULLVIDE line at IKEA.

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Traceable Coffee

All coffee that is sold and served at IKEA is UTZ certified. This means you can trace the beans all the way back to their farmers and plantations. The certification sets environmental and social standards for the growing and distribution of the coffee. And better yet, it’s delicious. Read more about the UTZ certification here.

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All of these products only show a fraction of IKEA’s actions to be a more sustainable company. There are many programs they lead, and practices they follow within their company that are making a difference. Check some out here – Never Ending List.

 

 

Love ❤ ,

The Ladies of Sustainability

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