When thinking of IKEA, one might think of massive stores and mass-produced items. Sustainability is, however, a key driving force behind every action they take and every product they make. Launched in 2012 and updated in 2018, ‘people & planet positive’ is IKEA’s sustainability strategy and encompasses everything within their own franchise as well as their value chain.

Two of their most notable aims are to remove single-use plastic by 2020 and use only renewable or recyclable materials by 2030.

“During the last year, we have deep-dived into our climate footprint and from raw materials until the end of life. Our global transportation only makes up about 4% of our climate footprint, whereas the materials contribute about 38-40%. It is then more important to investigate how we source or change materials to reduce our footprint,” says Lena Pripp-Kovac, IKEA’s Head of Sustainability.

IKEA’s FÖRÄNDRING collection, for example, is a range of baskets, lighting designs and rugs all created from a renewable energy source based on rice straw, a harvesting residue that contributes heavily to air pollution when burned. The items create a positive change to current habits and a way for people to contribute to better, cleaner air.

Read the full article in designboom here.