IKEA to use ocean plastic in new products

IKEA to use ocean plastic in new products

June 12, 2019
Press Release: IKEA

Homeware conglomerate IKEA has announced its ambition to replace all virgin polyester textiles products with recycled polyester by 2020

This fall, ‘MUSSELBLOMMA’ will hit IKEA stores in Italy and Spain. The collection is made of recycled plastic, partly collected by Spanish fishermen in the Mediterranean Sea. The products – a bag, two cushion covers and a tablecloth – are designed by the Spanish designer Inma Bermúdez, with inspiration from the ocean.

“I am very happy and proud to be part of this project,” said Inma Bermúdez. “We want to help people to be conscious about the problem of the big amount of plastic waste in our oceans. It is a must that we all take responsibility, every day.

“We have created a simple and modern pattern with circles, squares and triangles combined with a shape that reminds of a fish,” Bermúdez continued. “The colors in the collection are taken from the sea: different greens and turquoise combined with coral that brings light and happiness to the pattern.”

The polyester fabric used in MUSSELBLOMMA is made from recycled plastic, including PET plastic waste caught in nets. For every kilogram of PET plastic waste that can be used to make the polyester fabric another 9kg of waste like other plastics, metal, rubber, glass and other materials is also taken out of the ocean.

After being collected by the fisherman, the plastic is aggregated in containers onshore in ports, and is then cleaned, sorted, mechanically recycled and together with recycled PET bottles made into yarn and fabric. The whole supply chain for the products is located in Spain.

There will be a staggered launch of MUSSELBLOMMA during the coming year.

In October 2018, IKEA became a member of NextWave, an initiative that engages private companies, scientists and NGOs to integrate ocean-bound plastic into consumer products in a scalable way.

Earlier the same year, IKEA announced the commitment of removing all single-use plastic products by 2020 – as a step towards becoming a circular business by 2030.

Today too much plastic and textiles end up in oceans and landfills. For IKEA these materials are not waste but valuable resources that can be used again and again. As one step on the way towards becoming a circular business IKEA aims at replacing all virgin polyester textile products with recycled polyester by 2020.

IKEA is committed to end the dependency on virgin fossil materials and use only renewable or recycled materials by 2030. By switching from virgin polyester to recycled, IKEA will contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, decrease pollution of landfills and oceans and using fewer resources by turning waste into products.

Today, 50% of all polyester textile products produced by IKEA are made of recycled polyester, and through innovations and new designs all products will be by next year. Already today IKEA uses the equivalent of five billion collected and recycled PET bottles in its textile product range.

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