It was announced on Wednesday morning that IKEA Canada has officially sold its last plastic straw.
This decision comes nine months ahead of its global commitment to eliminate all single-use plastics from its product range and restaurants by January 1, 2020.
“Plastic straws have become an important symbol in the global movement to drastically reduce plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways,” said Melissa Mirowski, Sustainability Specialist, IKEA Canada.
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The retailers new People + Planet Positive strategy, which was introduced in June 2018, states that “eliminating single-use plastics is part of IKEA’s wider commitment to become a fully circular business by 2030”.
IKEA Canada Sustainable Products
IKEA will be designing products with re-use, repair, repurposing and recycling in mind from the beginning. Furthermore, renewable, recycled and recyclable materials will only be used, eliminating waste.
Some of IKEA’s other sustainability commitments include:
- Design all IKEA products to be 100 per cent circular, generating as little waste as possible
- Make all IKEA products and packaging from renewable and recycled materials by 2030
- Achieve zero emission home delivery by 2025
- Inspire and enable more than 1 billion people to live a better everyday life within the means of the planet by 2030
- Phase out virgin fossil plastics from products by 2030
- Reduce food waste by 50 per cent by 2020
By phasing out plastic straws, IKEA will look to introduce biodegradable paper straws in both its product range and restaurants.