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IKEA Is Now Selling and Leasing Refurbished Furniture, In Hopes Of Creating A Circular Business

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While IKEA is primarily known as that overwhelming warehouse with great deals on build-it-yourself furniture, the international retailer has also been making itself known in the sustainability space. Most recently, IKEA announced two initiatives to help support a circular economy. In Scotland, IKEA will be expanding its used furniture exchange system, and in Switzerland, the store is testing out furniture and kitchen rentals.

As reported by The Guardian, IKEA has been trialing the furniture exchange system in Edinburgh, Scotland for more than a year. Now, the chain has announced plans to launch a trial in Glasgow, Scotland in June. However, similar programs have also been offered at IKEAs in Japan, according to Curbed, as well as Spain, according to IKEA Spain's website. As per instructions on IKEA Spain's website, here's how the program works: First, fill out a form and attach photos of your used IKEA furniture item. Then, an employee will evaluate the furniture and send you an offer. Next, you take your furniture into an IKEA store, where you will receive your offer in the form of IKEA store credit.