IKEA to use only recycled polyester in textile products by 2020
IKEA steps towards becoming a circular business by replacing all virgin polyester with recycled material
The mountains of plastic and textile waste in our oceans and landfills today are being perceived by IKEA as a potential reusable resource. As one step on the way towards becoming a circular business, IKEA aims at replacing all virgin polyester textile products with recycled polyester by 2020. IKEA is committed to ending the dependency on virgin fossil materials and using only renewable or recycled materials by 2030. By switching from virgin to recycled polyester, IKEA will contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, decreasing pollution of landfills and oceans and using fewer resources by turning waste into products.
Today 50% of all polyester textile products produced by IKEA are made of recycled polyester and, through innovations and new designs, all products will be by next year. `Today, IKEA already uses the equivalent of 5 billion collected and recycled PET bottles in its textile product range. PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is the most common polyester resin. It is considered a highly recyclable plastic and a kilogram of recycled polyester has half the CO2 footprint of that for virgin polyester.
Nils Månsson, material and innovation deployment leader at IKEA, Sweden, says, “We realise that aiming to replace all virgin polyester with recycled by 2020 is a bold target, and we know that it’s not an easy road ahead of us. We are committed to ending our dependency on virgin fossil materials by 2030, and this is one important step on the way.”
Through its size and business set-up, IKEA can influence a positive change in the world and also inspire others to follow. This will lead to more widespread efforts to collect waste bottles and food containers and bring them into the recycling industry. Efforts to enable recycling of polyester-based textiles will also increase.
“From our own history, we know that when we overcome challenges, they become opportunities. By recycling PET products, we’re giving them a second life. We also hope to inspire others to follow for a greater positive impact on people and planet,” says Månsson.
IKEA is one brand and many companies. Around the globe, a large number of companies operate under the IKEA trademarks. IKEA Range & Supply, consisting of IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult and IKEA Supply AG in Pratteln, Switzerland, have the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA stores and sales channels around the world with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. IKEA has been sourcing from India for over 30 years for its global stores. The IKEA Group is the first major single-brand retailer to get FDI approval and plans to open several stores across the metro cities in India.