Ikea promises to dispose of single-use plastic products by 2020
Category: #world  By Pankaj Singh  Date: 2018-06-09
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Ikea promises to dispose of single-use plastic products by 2020

Amid growing concerns of the impact that plastic has on the environment, Swedish furniture company Ikea announced the decision to phase out all single-use plastic products from outlets and restaurants by the year 2020. The move emphasizes the awareness of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans where aquatic life is being fatally affected, claim reports.

A source at Ikea said that the company is working with its suppliers to find more eco-friendly solutions that will benefit the customer and the planet overall. It will replace items like plastic straws, cups, plates, freezer bags, bin bags with suitable alternatives. The company is aiming to warrant that all plastic products be made up of recycled materials by August 2020.

Ikea has more than 363 stores globally and through them wants to help consumers live a more sustainable life, by offering products such as tap nozzles which help to reduce water wastage. It also offers solar panels in 5 markets at present with plans to reach 29 markets by 2025. It will even introduce more vegetarian food into its cafes. As per records, the company has in recent times invested in windfarms and installed solar panels on its stores intending to rely on renewable energy and heat for its stores by 2020.

Commenting on the company’s strategy, the CEO of the Inter Ikea group, Torbjörn Lööf stated that a change will be possible only if they can collaborate with others and promote entrepreneurship. They want to take the lead in working together with raw material suppliers, customers and partners.

Ikea’s commitment on the plastic issue comes after the grocery chain Iceland said it will stop using plastic packaging on its brands by 2023, according to reports. Supermarkets in UK such as Tesco and Waitrose have also declared their intentions to stop using non-recyclable plastic packaging and products. A report by the U.N. indicated dozens of countries taking actions to eliminate plastic use, for instance plastic ban in Kenya, ban on styrofoam use in Sri Lanka and propagation of biodegradable bags in China.



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