Talking Ikea: Can Disposable Furniture Be Sustainable?

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Oh Ikea, the furniture we love to hate. Yes, it’s affordable. Yes, it’s good design. And yes, everyone has some. But let’s face it; these are not heirloom quality pieces we’re talking about here. These are often good-until-I-can-do-better pieces. Pieces that we might try to creatively repurpose. Pieces that ultimately, end up at the curb once we’ve moved on, resulting in streets full of LACK side tables and BILLY bookcases past their prime and headed for landfills.

But what if they weren’t? What if there was a way to recycle Ikea furniture? These are the questions being looked at by Steve Howard, the new COO of sustainability at Ikea. Yes, it would be a huge undertaking. But it appears that the design giant is at least looking into the idea. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s a really good place to start…

For more information on Ikea and their sustainability efforts, visit Fast Company | Ikea Tries To Assemble A Sustainable Operation, Despite Disposable Products

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