IKEA Is Opening A Second-Hand Store
16 November 20
IKEA is opening its first second-hand store that will sell only refurbished furniture and sustainably-produced products. The plan is to buy back used or damaged furniture, repair or brush it up, and then sell it for a lower price.
The new store will be located in a shopping mall in Eskilstuna west of Stockholm, Sweden as a pilot project. This location was chosen intentionally as the mall – ReTuna – sells only refurbished or recycled products. IKEA plans to evaluate the project after 6 months and decide whether or not to open more similar stores.
This new concept is intended to be a part of IKEA’s efforts to reach its 2030 climate targets. In a press release, the company announced that by 2030 it would produce products only from renewable or recycled materials. Their goal is to be carbon positive by 2030, which means removing more greenhouse gases than it produces.
“At Ikea we don’t want to merely be a part of the sustainability movement — we want to lead it,” Jonas Carlehed, sustainability manager of Ikea Sweden, said in a press release. “The climate crisis cannot be solved in theory, it has to be solved in practice,” he added.
The so-called Buy Back scheme is set to launch on Black Friday, November 27th.