Ikea is set to begin selling spare parts for its iconic flatpack furniture in its latest major push to increase the sustainability of its products.
The world’s largest furniture retailer has developed an online ordering system which will be rolled out worldwide this year, enabling customers to order new parts for their Ikea products.
According to the Financial Times, this is aimed at not only allowing customers to fix broken furniture but also upgrade and update old furniture by buying things like fresh covers or table legs, significantly expanding the life of its products.
Ikea has reportedly already been “testing a lot” and provided customers with 14 million spare parts in the financial year to the end of August 2020.
“For us, if we want to make sustainability count, it has to be affordable,” Inter Ikea’s chief executive Jon Abrahamsson Ring told the Financial Times.
“That’s how we help the many people. Sustainability can’t only be for the rich or for the thick wallet.”
It comes after Ikea launched a pioneering “buy back” scheme in November in the UK, allowing customers to sell their used furniture back to the retailer.
This will then be re-sold by the retailer in new “as is” sections for a discount.
At the time Ikea UK’s country sustainability manager Hege Sæbjørnsen said: “The Ikea vision has always been to create a better everyday life for many people, which right now means making sustainable living easy and affordable for everyone.
“Being circular is a good business opportunity as well as a responsibility, and the climate crisis requires us all to radically rethink our consumption habits.”