Currently, 45% of total global carbon emissions come from the way the world produces and uses everyday products, so Buy Back represents an opportunity to address unsustainable consumption
Swedish furniture giant Ikea is launching a buy back scheme. The move is a boost to the eco-credentials of the brand, which aims to have all its products made from recycled or renewable materials by 2030.
Through the scheme, customers will be able to return items of unwanted furniture to a store and receive vouchers of up to 50% of the original purchase price, depending upon condition. Second-hand products received will be offered for sale in the store’s bargain corner or recycled.
The scheme was due to launch on 27 November - Black Friday. However, England’s second national lockdown means Ikea is among the non-essential businesses required to close for four weeks from 5 November.
Customers wishing take part can use an online tool to obtain a quotation before bringing items to a store. "As new" items, with no scratches, will get a voucher for 50% of the original price - “very good" pieces, with minor scratches, will get 40% and anything "well used" will receive a 30% voucher. Vouchers can be spent in store, including on second-hand furniture, and they have no expiry date.
Not everything can be recycled through Buy Back - exceptions, including kitchen cabinets, Pax wardrobes and outdoor furniture, are listed on the website
. Anything recycled must be clean and fully assembled.
Hege Sæbjørnsen, sustainability manager at Ikea UK & Ireland said: “Currently, 45% of total global carbon emissions come from the way the world produces and uses everyday products, so Buy Back represents an opportunity to address unsustainable consumption and its impact on climate change.”
The world's first second-hand Ikea store is scheduled to open in Sweden later this year.
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