Survey: Does Eco Guilt Stop You From Shopping at Ikea?

Survey: Does Eco Guilt Stop You From Shopping at Ikea?

Kyle Freeman
Sep 24, 2008

We suspect this post will kick off a maelstrom. We have a LOT of eco guilt about shopping at Ikea. But sadly, we do it anyway. Same old cycle of consumption...their stuff is affordable and fun so we're drawn to it, knowing full well that most of the stuff is made in China, the store's carbon footprint is gigantic and in the not too distant future the goods will fall apart and end up in the trash despite our best efforts to pass it on. It's not unlike an addiction. So we try to assure ourselves that Ikea IS trying to be more eco-conscious, at least in comparison to other giant corporations...

But without dedicating ourselves to a full-time investigation, it's difficult to sort fact from fictitious greenwashing. We came across a blog post on ecosalon entitled "Is Ikea Eco-Friendly?" which somewhat supports our hope (delusion?) that Ikea is at least making efforts, but we'll let you read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

picture: ktpupp's flickr photostream

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