BURLINGTON, Ont. — IKEA Canada has announced the successful phase-out of all single-use plastic straws in its Canadian operations — nine months ahead of its global commitment to eliminate single-use plastics from its product range and restaurants by January 1, 2020.
“Plastic straws have become an important symbol in the global movement to drastically reduce plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways,” says Melissa Mirowski, Sustainability specialist at IKEA Canada. “Together with our co-workers and customers, we’re proud to take this significant step to contribute to a world without waste.”
As single-use plastics are phased out, IKEA will seek to introduce more sustainable alternatives, including new, biodegradable paper straws in both its product range and restaurants.
Eliminating single-use plastics is part of IKEA’s wider commitment to become a fully circular business by 2030. The company has been reviewing its business model and designing products with re-use, repair, repurposing and recycling in mind.
IKEA Canada’s sustainability commitments include:
- designing all products to be 100-per-cent circular, generating as little waste as possible
- making all products and packaging from renewable and recycled materials by 2030
- achieving zero-emission home delivery by 2025
- phasing out virgin-fossil plastics from products by 2030
- reducing food waste by 50 per cent by 2020