After McDonald’s few months ago, IKEA is the next big company to phase out all single-use plastic products. The international Swedish furniture group announced it in a statement last week: by 2020 it will stop selling single-use plastic products in its shops and restaurants. Bye-bye straws, plates, cups, freezer bags and so on. The environment will thank you!
Its restaurants will also stop giving out plastic straws, cups, plates, cutlery, drink stirrers and plastic containers for freshly prepared food.
The single-use plastic ban is part of a bigger sustainability plan in which the company aims to become “people and planet positive by 2030.” The Swedish giant aims to purchase 100% renewable energy by 2020, and use only renewable and recycled materials in their products. They also aim to make their home deliveries zero emission by 2025.
Since 2009, IKEA Group has invested almost 2 billion euros in renewable energy. They have committed to own and operate more than 400 offsite wind turbines and have installed around 750,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings.
“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”, said TorbjörnLööf, CEO of Ikea’s parent company Inter IKEA Group.
Plastic became one of the biggest environment threat over the past few years. In 50 years, its use increased 20-fold and is expecting to double in the next 20 years. This massive plastic use obviously has a cost: studies expect that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050.
Today, only a small part of plastic is collected for recycling, 14% to be precise. That’s why the major part of it ends up in the ocean or beaches. The reuse rate is terrible compared to other materials – 58% of paper and up to 90% of iron and steel gets recycled.
The European Union recently announced 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.