Sustainable design launches from IKEA spring catalogue 2020

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IKEA is moving in a more sustainable direction.
From phasing out all single-use plastic to becoming energy positive, IKEA's ambitious goals are all detailed in its corporate sustainability strategy (opened in a new window/tab).
On the same note, sustainable design is becoming more and more present in IKEA’s collections and every new catalogue sees the launch of new sustainable products.

The topic of the first 2020 catalogue was healthy sleep, and featured some interesting sustainable bedding options. Now, the Swedish giant has decided to repeat last year’s experiment issuing a separate spring catalogue.

So here’s a review of the most interesting sustainable launches from IKEA spring 2020 catalogue (opened in a new window/tab)!

IKEA sustainable furniture - spring 2020

To make its furniture more sustainable, IKEA is moving in two different directions.
First, it's using more natural materials like solid untreated wood and rattan.
Second, it's getting closer to a circular model. When talking about sustainable design, recycling and upcycling are key. This is why recycled materials (plastics in particular) are gaining an important role in IKEA's collections, allowing to reduce the use of virgin materials.

Moodboard showing sustainable furniture launched in IKEA spring catalogue 2020.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign. Photos: IKEA. All products are referenced below.

 

  1. Armchair - ULRIKSBERG (opened in a new window/tab)
    Handwoven rattan seat & back + steel legs.
     

  2. Bunk bed frameMYDAL (opened in a new window/tab)
    Solid untreated pine wood.
     

  3. Kitchen cabinetsBODARP (opened in a new window/tab)
    Veneer made of recycled PET bottles. Produced in a factory that uses renewable energy.

IKEA sustainable lighting - spring 2020

The first sustainable move when it comes to lighting is certainly switching to LED bulbs, that consume much less energy and last way longer than incandescent ones. IKEA switched to LED a while ago and has been selling only LED lighting solutions since 2015.
In IKEA's latest collections, natural materials have been used more and more often for indoor lampshades. And – in line with the latest trends in lighting design – we're seeing more portable solutions, that fit our increasingly flexible living styles.

Moodboard showing sustainable lighting launched in IKEA spring catalogue 2020.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign. Photos: IKEA. All products are referenced below.

 

  1. Pendant lampshadeTORARED (opened in a new window/tab)
    Handwoven out of seagrass.
     

  2. Table lampSTORHAGA (opened in a new window/tab)
    LED lamp that also works wireless with rechargeable batteries.

IKEA sustainable textiles - spring 2020

Similarly to what we've seen for furniture, a mix of natural and recycled raw materials is IKEA's main move to make textiles more sustainable.
Taking the example of cotton, IKEA is using more recycled fibres and is sourcing all virgin cotton from areas where it's grown with less water, fertilisers, pesticides and in a way that increases margins for the farmers.

Moodboard showing sustainable textiles launched in IKEA spring catalogue 2020.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign. Photos: IKEA. All products are referenced below.

 

  1. RugSPORUP (opened in a new window/tab)
    Composition: polyester - min. 90% recycled out of PET bottles. Synthetic latex backing.
     

  2. Kids rug - KÄPPHÄST (opened in a new window/tab)
    Composition: 100% cotton.
     

  3. Throw - ODDRUN (opened in a new window/tab)
    Composition: 100% undyed and unbleached cotton.
     

  4. Throw - STINAMAJ (opened in a new window/tab)
    Composition: 100% cotton.
     

  5. Curtains - ANNALOUISA (opened in a new window/tab)
    Composition: 100% cotton.
     

  6. Curtains - BRANDNÄVA (opened in a new window/tab)
    Composition: 80% cotton, 20% hemp.
     

  7. Blackout curtains - HANNALENA (opened in a new window/tab)
    Composition: polyester - min. 90% recycled out of PET bottles.

IKEA sustainable outdoor - spring 2020

Spring means more time spend outdoors. And IKEA's spring catalogue could not be complete without some news for the outdoors! From solid wood to solar-powered lighting, the new catalogue gives us all new options to make our life outdoors more sustainable!

Moodboard showing sustainable outdoor furnishings launched in IKEA spring catalogue 2020.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign. Photos: IKEA. All products are referenced below.

 

  1. Armchair - SKARPÖ (opened in a new window/tab)
    Polypropylene plastic - min. 20% recycled.
     

  2. Foldable outdoor chairTÄRNÖ (opened in a new window/tab)
    Solid acacia wood seat & back + steel legs.
     

  3. Sofa, chairs & tables - BONDHOLMEN (opened in a new window/tab)
    Solid eucalyptus.
     

  4. Floor lantern - SOLVINDEN (opened in a new window/tab)
    Solar-powered LED lantern.
     

  5. Pendant lanterns - SOLVINDEN (opened in a new window/tab)
    Solar-powered LED lanterns.
     

  6. Table lamp - SOLVINDEN (opened in a new window/tab)
    Solar-powered LED table lamp.
     

Sustainability in interior design is a topic I care a lot about. And with my work, I strive to provide help and resources for it to become a closer reality.
So, if you'd like to make your home more sustainable, but you don't really know where to start, here's how I could help:

And if you'd like to get in touch, always feel free to contact me via email!

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On Linh said:
Love it! I have been meaning to go through the ikea website and figure out which product were sustainable/eco-friendly. Do you know if they have made the switch to mushroom foam yet?
On Silvia - DforDesign said:
Hi Linh, thanks for commenting!

I'm really happy you found it useful! Nope, IKEA has not switched to mushroom foam yet, but I hope this is one of the options they're looking into!

In case you're interested, I've covered more IKEA sustainability news in other blog posts + I'm curating a selection of all sustainable interior products (you'll find the link to it in the menu under SforSustainable). Hope this helps! :)

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