Swedish-based furniture company Ikea has joined the fight against plastic! It too has set a goal to phase out plastic products in its stores.
The company hopes that it will be able to phase out all single-use plastics by 2020, while also providing alternatives where applicable.
According to a recent article from The Guardian, an Ikea spokesperson has said that that they don’t “have all the answers yet but [they] are working together with our suppliers to find solutions that are good for both people and the planet.”
The rising trend can be attributed to the fact that single-use plastics make up nearly 70% of the waste found in the oceans, according to the European Union (EU), which ends up harming animals and the earth’s ecosystem.
Ikea has already committed to banning oil-based plastic products by 2020 and invested in a plastic recycling plant last year. The Netherlands-based Morssinkhof Rymoplast is able to produce nearly 220,000 tons of recycled material per year.
Ikea has already invested in a wind farm and solar panels for its stores and plans to make solar panels available in 29 different markets by 2025, according to The Guardian.
As well as companies, many nations and countries have committed to phasing out the use of plastic products. According to a United Nation (UN) report of the June 5 World Environment Day, India has said that it plans to ban single-use plastics within the country by 2022 and the Galapagos have “[declared] 2018 the year of the fight against plastic pollution.”
Plastic waste has become a huge topic as more and more evidence appears that it is damaging the earth and its ecosystems.
In May, it was reported that a plastic bag had been found in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the oceans many trenches, and earlier this week it was reported that a pilot whale died near southern Thailand after consuming nearly 80 plastic bags.
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