Sustainable living ideas from IKEA catalogue 2019

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Sustainable living is becoming an increasingly important research area at IKEA. And it’s definitely one of the recurrent topics in IKEA catalogue 2019.

From kitchen utensils to furniture, this issue features plenty of interesting eco-friendly solutions.

Let’s discover the main highlights!

Cooking

Bamboo is definitely a sustainable material. It requires very little in terms of irrigation, it thrives without fertilizers/pesticides and it grows incredibly fast! Also, bamboo is naturally antimicrobial, which makes it an excellent choice for the kitchen.
IKEA catalogue 2019 is full of bamboo options, from chopping boards and chopsticks to salad bowls with matching serving sets.

Water consumption is another key topic when speaking about sustainable living.
Many things can be done to save water at home, and IKEA is offering an easy solution that has a huge impact without requiring any change from the user’s side. All IKEA kitchen taps are designed to reduce the actual water flow, while maintaining strong pressure. Call it a win-win situation!

Ikea cooking products helping sustainable living.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: IKEA (opened in a new window/tab). Moodboard: DforDesign

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Still on the topic of water consumption at home, IKEA has also announced a collaboration with Altered (opened in a new window/tab) during Democratic Design Days 2018.
Together, they are developing MISTELN, an affordable nozzle that will adapt to all common faucets, allowing considerable water savings with very little expense and an equally small effort.

Ikea MISTELN water saving nozzle to help sustainable living.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: IKEA (opened in a new window/tab)

Let’s face it; sealed kitchen bags are practical. Being made of plastic, they’re not the best option in terms of sustainability. But reusing them over and over again makes things better.
To reduce their environmental footprint even more, IKEA has redesigned its famous ISTAD bags using at least 85% renewable materials (coming from the sugar cane industry).

Ikea refrigerator bag ISTAD, made out of renewable materials to help sustainable living.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
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Relaxing

Paper, rattan and steel. This is all that makes the RÅDVIKEN armchair!
A sustainable seating option for a relaxing corner, which would get even cozier with a cotton & linen blanket and a solar-powered LED lantern!

Solar-powered lighting was another interesting topic announced during Democratic Design Days 2018, with a promising collaboration with Little Sun (opened in a new window/tab).

Ikea lounging products helping sustainable living.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: IKEA (opened in a new window/tab). Moodboard: DforDesign

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IKEA has also recently announced an important overall goal: becoming forest positive by 2020, which means planting more trees than those used for production. Undoubtedly an ambitious objective, but surely one that could make a massive difference for the planet, given how huge of a company IKEA is!

If you'd like to get more sustainable interior design inspiration, you're welcome to take a look at SforSustainable (opened in a new window/tab), where I curate a selection of sustainable interior products!

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