Three months after Ikea and a retail partner bought back leftover furniture from customers, the furniture retailer announced that it would invest “significant sums” in its environmental sustainability program as part of a broad plan to help reduce its carbon footprint and cut down on waste.
More than 8,000 pieces of furniture from stores across the United States and Canada will be recycled as part of the program. The move will help Ikea reduce its net carbon emissions and cut the amount of material that it uses, the company said on Thursday.
The initiative, called Recycle By Ikea, is “the first of its kind for a big brand” in the retail industry, the company said in a statement. “Since our first organic biodegradable mattress company eight years ago, we’ve been watching our customers’ appetite for products from different products sectors: furniture, homeware, mattresses, office products, and storage.”
Ikea’s purchases will include old dining chairs, sofas, dining tables, bookcases, and side tables that will be exchanged for new Ikea furniture. In addition, the company said it plans to invest in buying 100,000 recycled water bottles each year. The company says its recycling program will involve 80 million recyclable water bottles over the next four years. Ikea will also invest in alternatives to plastic bottles.