Ikea, a popular furniture retail company that’s already made multiple sustainable advances, is removing all single-use plastic from their stores. By 2020, these products will be phased out, both in stores and in their in-store restaurants. The company also announced a flurry of other renewable commitments by 2030.
Single-use plastic waste has been an ongoing issue with over 90 percent of it not being recycled. Instead of solely relying on the convenience of the items, it’s easy to eliminate plastic straws, using tote bags for groceries, and opting for a reusable bottle or mug to get us through the workday or when traveling.
In an effort to curb this problem, Ikea is going to be removing it entirely from their stores. Plastic straws, plates, cups, and various bags will be off the shelves by 2020, and the process of phasing them out will happen until then. They won’t use these in their restaurants either, likely opting for paper and other sustainable products instead to serve food and drinks.