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June 25, 2020 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

From the cup we drink with to the lamp we use to light up our room, everything we do and use in our daily life has an impact on our planet. A sustainable lifestyle doesn’t just contribute to positive environmental and social impact, but it is also beneficial to ourselves and our family. Simple yet important changes such as replacing disposable products with reusable ones, adopting energy- and resource-efficient products, and using natural toxin-free furniture items can not only reduce environmental degradation and conserve resources, but they also go a long way in ensuring the health of ourselves and our family. Committed to promoting a sustainable lifestyle, IKEA is increasingly sourcing renewable and recycled materials for its furniture items to reduce waste from the manufacturing process, as well as innovating product design and service delivery to extend product lifespan.

IKEA has especially selected 12 planet-friendly everyday products, made and designed with sustainability in mind, so that you can create a home with low environmental footprint.

1. Air Purifying Curtain: GUNRID Series

Every day, we are exposed to various types of air pollutants. Even in the comfort of our home, small particles in the air like dust, those emitted from smoke, cleaning detergents, and cooking and heating can pose serious risks to our health.

GUNRID is a curtain that can purify the air without consuming energy. Its mineral-based, photo-catalyst coating enables the curtain to break down common indoor air pollutants into carbon dioxide and water molecule when activated by sunlight or indoor light, making it an economic and space-saving solution for air purification.

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Available in light pink, light grey and yellow ($249.9/pair)

2. Made with Sustainable Cotton: DVALA Series

Made with a new dyeing technique that uses pigment colours and saves on chemicals, energy and water, the DVALA bed linen series conserves up to 200 million litres of water every year.

IKEA is currently the only retailer that sells products made with 100% sustainably sourced cotton. Its selection of bedroom items made with renewable materials lowers natural resource consumption and makes your life at home guilt-free.

Flat sheet ($79.9-$159.9), fitted sheet ($79.9-$159.9), pillowcase ($49.9/2件), quilt cover and pillowcases ($139.9-$349), bolster case ($49.9)

3. Durable and Safe PLA Plastic Products: HEROISK and TALRIKA Series

Made from cornstarch instead of fossil fuels, PLA is a plastic substitute that consumes fewer natural resources and therefore causes less environmental pollution in its manufacturing process. This BPA-free product series, rigorously tested for child safety, is durable and safe, with a grip-friendly design to enable children to learn to eat on their own.

HEROISK: Plate with 3 compartments ($49.9/2 pieces), mug ($39.9/2pieces), bowl ($39.9/2pieces), and side plate ($39.9/2pieces)

TALRIKA: Mug ($79.9/4 pieces), deep plate ($99.9/4), bowl ($79.9/4件), and side plate ($79.9/4pieces)

4. Re-usable Bags to Minimize Wastage: ISTAD Resealable Bags

The ISTAD resealable bags are sustainably made by repurposing a waste material from the sugar cane industry into a renewable material. The reusable, durable bags with double zips can withstand temperatures up to 50oC, making them easily a waste reduction solution.


Left: Resealable bag, pattern/ pink ($9.9/25 pieces)

Right: Resealable bag, pattern/ green ($12.9/25 pieces)

5. Say “No” to Plastic Straw: UPPSLUKAD Multicolour Stainless Steel Straws with Cleaning Brush

Join the straw-less movement with these stainless-steel drinking straws in four different colours, complete with a cleaning brush. With one single item, at a small cost, and you can do your bit for the environment and sustainable development.

UPPSLUKAD drinking straws/ cleaning brush ($49.9)


6. Go Plastic-free: UPPLADDA Infusion Bottle with Straw

Stay hydrated this summer the planet-friendly way! Instead of contributing to the mounting plastic pollution with single-use plastic bottles, invest in a reusable water bottle for your favourite infused drink.

The 700ml UPPLADDA infusion bottle comes with a straw and a filter for cold-brew tea, fruit-infused tea, or nutritional drinks.

UPPLADDA infusion bottle with straw ($49.9)


7. Saving Energy with Smart Products: TRÅDFRI Smart Lighting Series

The TRÅDFRI series of lighting products enable you to create a smart home effortlessly. Simply connect the control outlet with the IKEA Home smart app on your smartphone, and you can control the wireless lighting products and small appliances from a distance, whether it be turning on or dimming the light.

LED bulb ($99.9-$199.9), remote control ($159.9), dimmer kit($69.9), gateway ($299), wireless control outlet ($119.9-$179.9), and driver for wireless control ($169.9)

8. Value for Money: LADDA Rechargeable Battery and TJUGO Battery Charger

Product trials have found that the LADDA rechargeable battery is superior to other similar products in the amount of electricity it discharges and electricity storage. Not only does it take less time to charge, it is also more reasonably priced.

The lifespan of each rechargeable battery is five years, which can replace 500 non-rechargeable batteries, saving costs as well as environmentally polluting electronic waste. Once fully charged, the TJUGO battery charger will switch off to prevent overheating.

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LADDA rechargeable battery ($59.9/4 pieces, $79.9/4 pieces)

TJUGO battery charger ($199.9)

9. Practical, Safe and Energy-efficient: TILLREDA Portable Induction Cooktop

Superior to other similar products in safety and price, the TILLREDA cooktop’s induction properties mean less pollutant emission and lower peripheral temperature. Compared to cooking with gas, highly efficient induction cooking can save up to 70% energy cost.

TILLREDA Portable Induction Cooktop ($349)

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10. Saves Energy while Cooking: STABIL Stainless Steel Steamer Insert

Cooking with steam can not only retain the natural flavours and nutrients of the food ingredients, its lower consumption of oil also makes a healthier diet, and it helps save on energy use compared to braising or frying. With this steamer insert, you will be able to conserve energy by cooking multiple dishes at the same time.

STABIL steamer insert ($65-$99.9)


11. Multi-functional Food Container: IKEA 365+ Series

Pick from the various plastic or glass containers in different shapes and colours, and match them with silicone, plastic or bamboo lids for different needs. From food storage and leftover at home to the packed lunch you take to work, the IKEA 365+ cookware series can help you save the need of single-use plastic or Styrofoam containers. The leakage-proof rubber band can be removed and cleaned, its new replacement available for purchase on its own, further enhancing the durability of the container.

Available in different sizes, shapes (rectangle, square and round) and materials (plastic, glass and bamboo). Container and lid can be purchased separately or as one item.

12. Zero-waste Bag for Hipsters: KUNGSFORS Net Bags

Made with 100% sustainably sourced cotton, these net bags are sturdy and breathable, perfect for keeping fruits and vegetables fresh. Lightweight and easy to bring along, these net bags can be hung up with the produce inside to save space in the kitchen. The dye-free cotton used to make the bags effectively minimises chemical pollution in the ocean.

KUNGSFORS net bags ($49.9/2 pieces)

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Committed to its mission to create a better life for all, IKEA is tireless in its endeavours to offer diverse, affordable, uniquely designed, and functional planet-friendly products to its customers. Just as devoted is IKEA to the principles of sustainable development, striving to be people- and planet-positive through material sourcing, product design, and product efficiency. It is IKEA’s ambition to make its products entirely with renewable or recycled materials by 2030, and the first step towards that goal is to replace the single-use drinking straws, tableware and utensils at its restaurants, cafes and bistros with products made with 100% renewable materials within 2020.

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