IKEA - Surprisingly Sustainable

IKEA - Surprisingly Sustainable

It all started with trying to find display kits for our growing team to take to trunk shows. We needed to be able to purchase folding tables and chairs, display and carrying boxes and hanging racks that were ethically made, inexpensive, and could fit in most of our team's cars and apartment closets. 

I tend to assume that things that are inexpensive must be less ethically made than items with higher price tags. Perhaps that's why I was surprised to discover that while amazingly affordable, IKEA is also very conscious about how their products are made as well as the materials they are using. 

Sustainable Raw Materials

Photo Credit: IKEA

According to their website:

Respect for human rights, based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, is part of everything we do and is included in our supplier code of conduct.

And right from their Supplier Agreement:

No Child Labor

The document goes on to make sure that there is no forced labor, no severe environmental pollution, no safety hazards, clear and transparent records of worker's hours and wages, and worker insurance. You can read about it in further detail here

They have their annual Sustainability Report published on their website and have a clear goal for 2020 that they have outlined in detail. 

We are a values-driven company with a passion for life at home.

Have you found any furniture brands that are both ethically made and gorgeous? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!
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August 12, 2015 by Jen Lewis
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