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Ikea bans single-use plastics

April 8, 2019

The Swedish home furnishings retailer has announced that it will phase out all single-use plastic products from its shops and restaurants by the year 2020.

According to CNN, plastic products such as straws, crockery and cutlery, freezer bags and rubbish bags will no longer be on sale in the company’s stores, nor provided in its various eateries.

Ikea said the incoming ban was part of its wider sustainability strategy, as it hoped to become “people and planet positive by 2030.”

Torbjörn Lööf, CEO of Ikea’s parent company, Inter IKEA Group, said: “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.”

The Swedish company added that it was aiming to purchasing 100 percent renewable energy by next year, and use nothing by renewable and recycled materials in its products, as well as making its home delivery service zero emission by 2025.

The retailer has already invested €1.7 billion ($2 billion) into a variety of renewable energy products, and is planning to construct 416 further wind turbines, having already installed around 750,000 solar panels on its buildings worldwide.

Last week, the European Parliament also voted to take action against single-use plastics, announcing a range of measures, including  plastic cutlery, drinking straws, cotton buds, food containers, and expanded polystyrene cups. The legislation also aims for a 25 percent minimum of recycled content in plastic bottles by the year 2025, rising to 30 percent by 2030.

 

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