Ikea restaurants and stores to ban single use plastics

Ikea restaurants and stores the world over have declared war on plastic waste. 

Single use plastics in particular have been placed into the cross hairs for the Swedish home and living giants, who announced this week that they will have phased out all unnecessary plastics by 2020.

Single-use plastic items which will be eradicated from the company’s shelves and food courts include ‘straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags, and plastic-coated paper plates and cups’.

It comes as the latest in a number of high-profile laws and measures being brought in to combat the onslaught of plastic refuse which is destroying the oceans and other natural habitats. Last week, EU officials announced an outright ban on single use plastics, particularly plastic cutlery and straws.

CNN stated that:

“Ikea said it is aiming at purchasing 100% renewable energy by 2020, and use only renewable and recycled materials in its products. It also wants to make its home deliveries zero emission by 2025.

It has already invested €1.7 billion ($2 billion) into renewable energy projects. It is planning to build 416 wind turbines and has already installed around 750,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings.”

CEO of Ikea’s parent company Inter IKEA Group, Torbjörn Lööf, said of the measure; “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.

Between 9-14% of all plastic actually ends up being recycled. For some advice on how to reduce plastic waste in your life, check out our easy to follow guide.

Colin J McCracken
Colin J McCracken

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Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.