IKEA Proves Itself Green

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

You may have noticed more and more businesses are 'going green', in part because it's good for the environment, but it's good for business. Today we look closer at one Swedish born company that's leading the charge.

IKEA first opened its doors in 1958 and today boasts 293 stores in 36 countries. Over the years, the company has adopted more environmentally-friendly business practices such as packaging products in "flat packs", which means that the furniture you purchase will require assembly. The use of flat packs can increase the volume of furniture their trucks can carry,
The company has also done away with plastic bags in 35 US locations, offering their reusable .59 cent tote as an alternative.

IKEA is also taking steps to buy FSC certified wood and helping owners of timber lands improve their practices and become certified. And Its a really strong yet lightweight bag too.
And who can resist walking through IKEA'S showroom and testing out their Swedish meatballs? I for one can't and now I know that they're using the money I spend here to become a little greener.


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