Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Ikea to ban single-use plastic from stores and restaurants

Ikea to ban single-use plastic from stores and restaurants

Heidi Taylor, Managing director of Tangaroa Blue, a charity in Far North Queensland that documents pollution, says her foundation applauds big corporations like IKEA for integrating policies into their global business that reduces their plastic production, but said more needed to be done across the board.

The Swedish retail giant announced Ikea's future plans on Thursday, which includes designing products that are able to be repaired, resold or recycled.

Single-use plastic products that will not be sold by 2020 include SODA drinking straws, SÖTVATTEN drinking straws, FÖRNYBAR freezer bags, ISIGA ice-cube bags and FÖRSLUTAS garbage bags.

Ikea is phasing out single-use plastic products from all of its shops and restaurants.

Its restaurants will also stop giving out plastic straws, cups, plates, cutlery, drink stirrers and plastic containers for freshly prepared food.

"Through our size and reach we have the opportunity to inspire and enable more than one billion people to live better lives, within the limits of the planet".

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Currently, 60 per cent of the IKEA range is based on renewable materials, while almost 10 per cent contain recycled materials, an IKEA spokeswoman told Reuters.

"We don't have all the answers yet but we are working together with our suppliers to find solutions that are good for both people and the planet", said an IKEA spokesperson.

The European Union announced last week it wants to ban 10 single use plastic items, including plastic straws and cutlery, that make up 70% of all litter in EU waters and on beaches.

Raw materials account for most of Ikea's greenhouse gas emissions and, along with extending the potential lifespan of its products, is where Ikea sees the biggest opportunities for reducing its impact on the environment.

IKEA has 13 stores in Canada, and has plans to open new stores in Quebec City and London, Ont.

IKEA Southeast Asia, the franchise that owns and operates all IKEA stores in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, will also be contributing to the cause.

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