Ikea to eliminate all plastic packaging by 2028

Ikea will systematically phase out plastic packaging across its products over the next seven years, as part of the company’s larger goal to become “fully circular.”

The furniture conglomerate will ensure all new Ikea products will come in plastic-free packaging by 2025, with the exception of some food products, while all existing products will be packaged without plastic by 2028.

Ikea currently spends over $113 billion on approximately 920,000 tons of packaging material, which is mostly cardboard and paper, as the company shifted away from using polystyrene packaging several years ago. 

As a result, less than 10 per cent of the total volume of packaging material used annually by Ikea today is plastic. 

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“Phasing out plastic in consumer packaging is the next big step on our journey to make packaging solutions more sustainable and support the overall commitment to reduce plastic pollution and develop packaging from renewable and recycled materials,” Ikea packaging and identification manager Erik Olsen said. 

“The shift will happen progressively over the coming years, and mainly be focusing on paper as it is both recyclable, renewable, and widely recycled across the world.”

Ikea packaging development leader Maja Kjellberg added: “Ingenuity is part of the IKEA heritage, and packaging is by no means an exception in that regard,” 

“Shifting away from plastic in our consumer packaging solutions will doubtlessly be a challenging task in the coming years. 

“With this movement we aim to spur packaging innovation and use our size and reach to have a positive impact on the wider industry beyond our supply chain.”

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