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Green Per Diem: IKEA

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On Black Friday, the day I usually reserve for “Buying Nothing” I actually purchased a few things. BUT – don’t fret – I did it as eco-friendly as possible because I went to IKEA.

By the way, I picked up some great Swedish gifts for Mr. Sensiblekitty’s mother. His family is Swedish and its always nice to get them gifts from the homeland. We even found food at IKEA’s swedish market and lovely frames that we’ll be using for Christmas gifts. We ❤ IKEA.

I found this great article on why IKEA is so awesome and here’s an excerpt:

To keep prices down, IKEA asks customers to put together their own desks, chairs and bookshelves. That reflects the company’s roots in Sweden, where it was founded in the 1940s by Ingvar Kamprad, a farmer’s son who sold pens and seed packets to his frugal neighbors. (The IKEA name comes from his initials, those of the family farm, Elmtaryd, and the nearest village, Agunnaryd.)

The flat packs also serve another purpose: They lighten IKEA’s environmental footprint. A delivery truck filled with flat-packed chairs can carry the equivalent of six trucks of fully-assembled chairs. “We must stop transporting air,” said Anders Dalhvig, IKEA’s president and CEO. So the next time you struggle to get an IKEA bookshelf to stand straight, you can take solace in knowing that you are doing the planet a favor.

Today, IKEA’s commitment to the environment goes well beyond flat packs. The fast-growing, privately-held company – sales last year were $21.2 billion Euros (about $27 billion) – has promised to buy more of its wood from sustainably managed forests, to use fewer raw materials in its products, to buy renewable energy (including solar panels for a store that opened in June in Brooklyn) and to curb business travel. READ MORE HERE


And of course, Ikea Hacker.


Written by sensiblekitty

December 1, 2008 at 3:48 pm

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