Raise your hand if you’ve ever thrown out a piece of IKEA furniture because part if it broke off. Well, soon you’ll easily be able to extend the life of your furniture because the retailer plans to sell spare parts, the Financial Times reports.
Another step in its pledge to become more sustainable, IKEA’s will start to sell spare parts worldwide on its website this year. While a list of the parts IKEA plans on selling hasn’t been released yet, you can expect to shop items like sofa covers and legs. “We are testing a lot,” Lena Pripp-Kovac, chief sustainability officer at Inter IKEA, told the outlet.
Last year, IKEA announced new measures it was taking to help promote sustainability. This past November, the retailer launched a buy back program that lets customers sell back their used furniture to stores in exchange for store credit. The buy back program launched in 27 countries around the world, some of which include the U.K., Canada, France, and Australia.
In September, the retailer also announced that it plans on removing all non-rechargeable alkaline batteries from all of its stores globally by October 2021. Alkaline batteries have a higher environmental impact than rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries (NiHM) when used in household devices with high energy consumption, according to studies that IKEA cited in a news release. By taking non-rechargeable alkaline batteries off its shelves, it hopes customers will make the switch to rechargeable batteries.
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