IKEA Canada phases out single-use plastic straws

Retailer takes a key step toward its commitment to eliminate all single-use plastics from its range and restaurants by 2020

BURLINGTON, ON, May 1, 2019 /CNW/ – IKEA Canada has sold its last plastic straw. Today, the retailer announced it has phased out all single-use plastic straws in Canada, nine months ahead of its global commitment to eliminate all 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,” said Melissa Mirowski, Sustainability Specialist, IKEA Canada. “Together with our co-workers and customers, we are proud to take this significant step to contribute to a world without waste.”

Detailed in its People + Planet positive sustainability strategy, eliminating single-use plastics is part of IKEA’s wider commitment to become a fully circular business by 2030. This means transforming the current linear business model and designing products with re-use, repair, repurposing and recycling in mind from the beginning, using only renewable, recycled and recyclable materials, eliminating waste, and introducing services which connect with customers to extend the life of products. 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.

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