Following IKEA’s efforts to become a Circular Business by 2030, IKEA Thailand has launched two new services: a circular shop and a recycling center.
IKEA, a multinational conglomerate that designs and sells ready-to-assemble household goods, has embarked on a journey to make its business greener and more eco-friendly.
Over the past few years, the company has employed various strategies to encourage its customers to join its Zero Waste goal, seeking to create sustainability and give future generations a better planet.
In Thailand, it has announced its Circular Store’s opening, a service for buying and reselling IKEA furniture, in addition to its Recycling Center, which comes as a space where people can exchange recyclable waste for IKEA Family points.
Both services are available at IKEA Bang Yai, adding value to used furniture and recycled materials.
Mr. Tom Suter, IKEA Bang Yai Store Manager, invited all the brand’s customers to use them and “join us in making small changes to create a more sustainable world every day.”
Circular Shop was created by IKEA to address a worrying issue: millions of pre-owned furniture pieces in good condition go to waste annually.
The company built a buy-and-sell community where IKEA lovers could exchange home decorations, chairs, chests of drawers or shelves for gift cards to purchase new furniture at affordable prices.
The items are sent for repair or renovation before going for sale to other customers who hope to save some money on reasonable, fully functional furniture, reducing waste on the planet.
If products are not accepted or taken away, individuals can authorize IKEA to donate them to local charities.
The Recycling Center comes as a convenient IKEA recyclable waste collection point for all the brand’s customers to exchange sorted recyclable waste and earn IKEA Family points while reducing their carbon footprint for a cleaner planet.
People can earn points for every kilogram of recyclable waste, including paper, clear glass, aluminum, or other metals. Upon reaching 5,000 accumulated points, they can obtain a 50-baht voucher to spend in stores.
“IKEA is inviting everyone to join our journey towards sustainability together. We can easily start at home where each individual can contribute to a more circular economy. And IKEA will continue to create new services and products for a more sustainable world,” Mr. Suter stated.
IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943. Since then, it has improved many people’s everyday lives with its functional and affordable items, becoming the world’s largest home furnishings retailer today.
To learn more about its sustainability project and daily business, visit: IKEA.co.th