Image: Ikea Circularity Tool. Image credit: Ikea

HIGHLIGHTS

  • IKEA releases circular product design tool to inspire and accelerate the circular movement.
  • IKEA is on a journey to design all products with built-in circular capabilities by 2030. After assessing over 9,500 products, IKEA is now sharing its methodology and insights to inspire and engage designers and accelerate the movement towards a circular economy. This has been summarized into the circular blueprint and is shared through an online interactive tool.

Sweden, September 2: The furniture retailer is now sharing its methodology and insights to inspire and engage designers and accelerate the movement towards a circular economy. This has been summarized into the circular blueprint and is shared through an online interactive tool.

Through this easy-to-use interactive tool, IKEA hopes to enable a consistent and simple way to measure the different product types for their circular capabilities, from big, bulky furniture to smaller, decorative products. Users can choose a product, answer questions about the different aspects of circular design, and at the end, receive an approximate score for how circular their product is.

“Circular product design is at the forefront of the discussion about circularity. By sharing our blueprint through an easy-to-use interactive platform, we want to convey the insights we have gained so far and share them with anyone who is interested in circular product design. This is our take on what circular product design means and how to navigate this approach, ” said Mirza Rasidovic, Range Engineering Leader, IKEA Sweden. “It can be used by everyone – designers, companies, and anyone who wants to assess the furniture and home furnishing products they already have at home. All while getting to know more about circular product design and circularity in general.”

IKEA has been working with circularity for many years, with the ambition to become a circular business by 2030, by adapting how and where we meet customers, how and what products and services we develop, to how and what materials we source and how we develop the complete IKEA value chain.

According to the company, Circularity is about “is about transforming the existing ‘take, make, waste’ linear model to the opposite – reuse, refurbish, remanufacture, and recycle. One key piece of the puzzle is to adopt circular thinking during the design phase of the product, developing it right from the beginning so it can reach its full circularity potential one day.”

Circularity in furniture supply chain

“Designing products to be repurposed, repaired, reused, resold, or as the last resort recycled from the very beginning is not always easy, but an essential element in enabling a transformation toward a circular economy, and bringing IKEA toward fulfilling our ambitious climate and circularity goals,” says Lena Pripp-Kovac, Chief Sustainability Officer, Inter IKEA Group. “We also understand circularity is not something we can achieve alone. Together, we can make a real, lasting impact on a large scale.”