The world’s first IKEA second-hand store opens in Sweden
This autumn, IKEA will open the doors to its first pure second-hand store – and that in Sweden; at the recycling gallery ReTuna in Eskilstuna. Here, furniture and home furnishings from IKEA will get a second chance, at the same time as IKEA tests and develops a circular and sustainable business model for the future.
In IKEA’s first second-hand shop, visitors will be able to buy IKEA furniture that has been given new life after being repaired and restored to its former glory. But at a much lower price.
– At IKEA, we want to be part of leading the transition to a more sustainable and fair Sweden. If we are to achieve our sustainability goals, we need to challenge ourselves and test our ideas in practice. Climate change cannot be solved in theory, it must be solved through good examples in everyday life, says Jonas Carlehed, head of sustainability at IKEA Sweden.
Thus, IKEA takes another step towards its goal of inspiring more people to live a more sustainable life within the planet’s boundaries and at the same time pave the way to be able to switch from a linear to a circular business model. An important part of IKEA’s sustainability work is that all products must be designed on the basis of circular principles and from renewable and recycled materials within ten years, while at the same time making it easier for customers to extend the life of their furniture and products.
Mall for recycled products
It is no coincidence that IKEA chooses to open its first second-hand store in Eskilstuna. This is where the ReTuna recycling mall is located, which has attracted international attention since it opened five years ago.
– Our planet is our common home. Therefore, we can only create a more sustainable world if we do it together with others. Now we hook up with local actors who share our view of sustainability to get lessons that can make a difference globally, says Jonas Carlehed.
ReTuna is reminiscent of other shopping malls, with the big difference that it is located next to the local recycling station and everything that the stores sell is recycled, recycled, organic or sustainably produced.
– It feels fantastic fun that IKEA chooses to come to ReTuna Återbruksgalleria, in the climate municipality Eskilstuna. We are all facing a major transition to a more sustainable society and it is clear that the interest in switching to a circular economy is increasing. ReTuna is a world-unique arena where both small and large companies are welcome to explore new concepts and create sustainable solutions. Together, we will be a force to be reckoned with in our most prioritized mission to save the earth, says Sofia Bystedt, center manager for ReTuna Recycling Gallery
- In ten years, all IKEA products will be made from renewable or recycled materials, and designed to be reused, resold or recycled.
- To extend the life of our furniture, we at IKEA have long worked to reduce the number of products that are thrown away by repairing and repackaging damaged items. Last year, we gave 47 million products a new lease of life through our bargaining departments worldwide.
- By opening the store, IKEA is now taking the next step in that work. IKEA plans to open the store in Eskilstuna later this year.
- The collaboration with ReTuna gives us the opportunity to better understand why some IKEA products become waste, what condition they are in when they are thrown away, how people reason when they choose to donate or leave the products for recycling and if there is an interest in buying the products if we manage to save them.
- The store is a test that will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
- IKEA Västerås has an important role in investment as the store will be run under the management of the department store. IKEA Västerås will also supply the store with furniture and home furnishing products that have been damaged for various reasons. At ReTuna, they are repaired and given a new chance at new life in new homes.
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