IKEA Pushes for Upcycling

The iconic Swedish company has launched “Repurposeful Instructions” to continue the push for sustainability.

Unlike many corporations that push hollow eco-friendly PR, Ikea has been doing a lot to make good on its pledge to become more sustainable, in an effort to reach its goal of becoming “fully circular” by the end of the decade. A few months ago, Ikea announced a line of disassembly how-to instruction manuals to extend the lives of its products, now they are taking things a step further with its “Repurposeful” projects.

With the launch of Repurposeful Instructions, Ikea wants to help breathe new life into old furniture that might otherwise end up in the landfill. The first batch of completely free PDF guides provide customers with some pretty crafty ideas for upcycling old Ikea products into entirely new items – from hanging planters to a beehive.

Last year alone, the company announced it would cease selling non-rechargeable batteries, discontinued its long-running print catalog in favour of a digital-only version, launched their first secondhand store and even bought nearly 11,000 acres of forest in Georgia to save it from destruction.

‘Climate Positive’ by 2030 – Ikea’s latest initiative is part of the company’s overall plan to become a climate positive retailer by the end of the decade, meaning that the entire value chain of production, sales, and reuse actively reduces greenhouse emissions as opposed to simply breaking even or not producing any carbon footprint.

See below the guides Ikea have created to give their products a new lease of life:

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