What you have done to save our Earth?

Climate change, pollution, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, are several environment’s problems we’re facing nowadays. Earth Day is not just a celebration, it’s reminder for us to take care our Earth seriously. No need difficult steps, with everyday life as our starting point, we can make positive impact. Now, ask yourself with these questions and get to know how much you already done to save this planet.
Have you stopped using plastic bag?
Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They pollute our sea, clog waterways, spoil our soil and end up in landfills where they may take 1.000 years or more to break down into smaller particles. In line with our global sustainability approach, IKEA Indonesia offered the environmentally friendly Blue Bag to customers in place of plastic bags. Our Blue Bag comes with different sizes to suit your needs. They are durable, easy to keep clean and takes little room to store as it folds flat. Not only for shopping, you can use for doing laundry, or maybe going to beach. It goes wherever you go!
Have you started using recycled material products?
Recycling and preventing waste is something everybody can do. When we recycle materials like paper, plastic and metal can be used again to make new products, instead of taking new resources out of the Earth. Most of IKEA products are using recycled material. For example, our KUGGIS boxes are made from 70% recycled PET plastic like PET bottles that are transformed into plastic pellets or flakes. We also try to re-use material from rejected products, like our IKEA PS 2017 vase that made by re-melting glass that has been rejected due to bubbles or defects created during production. By re-using recycled material and rejected products instead of discarding it as waste, we save on valuable and limited resources.
Did you know:
Since February 2017, the production of the TOMAT bottle switched from 100% virgin plastic to 50% virgin plastic and 50% plastic recycled from IKEA Group shrink wrap waste.
Have you started saving water?
Water is precious and should not be wasted. That’s why IKEA set about making kitchen taps that reduce water consumption up to 40%. By using an aerator that reduces flow while maintaining water pressure, you can save more water and energy. It’s good news for environment and your bills.
Do you still use plastic straw?
About 90% of trash in the oceans is made from plastic and plastic straws are top five items collected on the beach every year. And the saddest fact is 90% seabirds and 30% turtles have plastics in their stomach. To prevent it become worse we need to take action. We can start by using paper straw instead the plastic one. Unlike plastic straws, paper straws are biodegradable and better for our environment. Can still enjoy your drinks while saving our Earth, it’s such a win-win solution.
Have you tried bringing your own food storage and drink bottle?
Besides bring negative impact to our Earth, polystyrene foams are not good for our health. It contains likely cancer-causing chemicals that leach into food or drink they hold. That’s why we need our own lunch box to bring food. Preparing your own food means you can save environment and your health.
Based on The Guardian report, more than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were purchased in 2016 across the world - up from 300 billion a decade ago. But, less than half of the bottles purchased in 2016 were recycled — only 7% of those collected turned into new bottles, and the rest ending up in landfill sites or the ocean. Small steps like bring our own drinking bottle can make a better world. Our IKEA 365+ drinking bottle containing recycled materials to reduce environmental footprint. Also, IKEA 365+ drinking bottle is BPA (Bisphenol A) free, so it’s good for your health.

There are so many easy ways to make a difference. It’s time to take serious action to save our Earth. Not only for us, but also for our next generations.

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Writer: Anita