IKEA’s Never Ending List

No More Free Bags at IKEA

I’ve been thinking about doing a series of posts with a tour of our home to share what we have done to be greener and how we plan to improve. A lot of things in our home come from IKEA, so I think this is a great way to kick it off.

When I was in college, IKEA came to town and I started working there, doing everything from answering telephones to executive protection of Barbara Eden during the store’s opening ceremony. IKEA was my first retail experience and I was thoroughly impressed with the company, from their environmental policies to their treatment of employees. Being a college student, I loved that I only had to work 20 hours per week to receive full benefits, and the staff lunch was $2 per meal, which was a better deal than the dining halls on campus! Most people immediately make the connection between IKEA and low prices on furniture, but there’s a lot more you might not know. And, in case you’re wondering, IKEA is not paying me to write this!

A Few Examples from the List

  • IKEA removed formaldehyde lacquers from their products in 1993.
  • IKEA’s catalog was the first major color publication in the world printed on chlorine free paper.
  • All coffee sold and served at IKEA can be traced back to the plantations through a code on the packaging.

My List

Some other things that didn’t make IKEA’s list, but I find them exciting…

  • As of 2007 IKEA stores in the US charge for plastic bags.
  • IKEA accepts batteries and lightbulbs for proper disposal in special bins at many locations.
  • We can save money by purchasing from the “As Is” department, reusing items that have been returned slightly damaged or have been used as display items for example.

The Full List

You can see the full list on IKEA’s website.