This IKEA Location Will Take Your Old Bedding to Help Shelter Animals

published Jun 24, 2019
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In an effort to minimize waste and improve the lives of our furry, four-legged friends, one IKEA location is offering a textile takeback opportunity that allows customers to bring in old bedding, blankets and towels.

According to the official takeback program guidelines, products being accepted include: blankets, quilts, quilt cover, quilts, sheets and towels that are “of acceptable quality and fit the purpose.” The textile upcycle program is not accepting beanbags, pillows or pillowcases.

While the event is only happening at the IKEA in Tempe, Australia, we can hope similar locations will be inspired to host their own. For locals, those interested in offloading some of their used linens can drop off the items at the store between July 6 and July 14, just as long as they’re washed and in good condition. The donations will go to RSPCA NSW, a not-for-profit animal welfare charity in New South Wales, Australia. The old linens will be upcycled into beds for animals waiting to be adopted into their forever homes and donated to various shelters throughout the area.

For participants who’d like to meet and greet the animals that will benefit from their donation, there will be a chance to do so on one of IKEA Tempe’s pet adoption days, which will take place on Saturday, July 6 and Thursday, July 11, from 11am–2pm.

The Tempe, Australia location has been the site of other sustainable initiatives, including the IKEA takeback program for furniture that gave customers IKEA vouchers in exchange for their gently used items. The Swedish home goods giant also launched a Circular Living Pop-Up store in Tempe that featured products made with recycled and renewable materials. Additionally, in 2018 IKEA announced plans to use only renewable and recyclable materials in all of its products, a major sustainable goal it hopes to fully implement by 2030.