Leiden, the Netherlands – Ikea’s well-publicised pledge to produce 100% of its plastic products with renewable and recycled materials by 2020 excludes PU-based products, according to the company.
Presenting the keynote paper at the 10th European Bioplastics Conference held on 6 November, Per Stoltz, sustainability developer, global retail services IKEA, said “By 2020, 100% of our plastics will be made from renewable or recycled sources.”
The firm has a "strong ambition regarding bioplastics" .
"Our focus is on second generation feedstock which it should be possible to handle in recycling systems," he added.
However, IKEA has since clarified its position concerning polyurethane. While it is possible to produce polyols from renewable resources, the infrastructure and ability to produce polyols by fully renewable routes would not be in place by 2020.
IKEA spokesman Mike Creevy told UTECH-polyurethane.com: “Currently polyurethane foam is not included in the 100% renewable or recycled pledge for 2020."
In his keynote speech Stoltz also said: “We are working actively to introduce renewable raw materials into all of our products as well as the recycling of production off-cuts and raw materials for foam.”
Stoltz told delegates it was the firm’s intention that “50% of the non-renewable materials used in home furnishing products [would be] recycled by 2017”.