IKEAS has announced that it will soon replace wood and bamboo with a combination of bamboo and other sustainable materials, as part of a wider effort to reduce the carbon footprint of its products.
The move, which was first reported by Business Insider, follows a commitment from the Swedish furniture manufacturer last year to switch to bamboo, a tree that is 100% carbon-neutral and is one of the most environmentally friendly forms of wood.
The move is part of the company’s broader effort to tackle deforestation in its supply chain, which is estimated to be the largest source of CO2 emissions globally.
The company also said it would use sustainable materials in its manufacturing, and it is also planning to invest in solar energy for its factories.
The company has been in talks with a variety of environmental groups, including the WWF, to help it implement its plan.
The move comes as a result of growing concern about the sustainability of the wood used in IKEas products.
In a statement, the company said:”The wood used to make IKEa products is sourced from sustainable forests and forests that are locally managed.
It is one that is harvested with the intention of reusing it.”
As we have a long-standing commitment to the environment, we are working with stakeholders to ensure that the wood we use in Ikeas products is a sustainable product.
“The move follows recent announcements by IKEAs parent company, Swedish furniture maker, JCPenney, which announced it was investing in solar and wind energy and would be building solar-powered factories.
The bamboo is produced from local forests and uses sustainable methods that have a positive impact on wildlife, the environment and the wellbeing of the local community. “
The new bamboo material is produced in a sustainable way, using local materials that are not only environmentally friendly, but also have a significant impact on the planet and the environment,” the company stated.
“The bamboo is produced from local forests and uses sustainable methods that have a positive impact on wildlife, the environment and the wellbeing of the local community.
We look forward to working with the local communities to continue this progress.”