Ben HaywardOctober 12th
2020

Got any furniture you just don’t need anymore? Well Ikea will have it back off you and even give you up to half of its original price under a new sustainability initiative.

Ikea is encouraging its customers to bring back their unwanted furniture, rather than throwing it away, even offering to pay you for it in vouchers. 

The 'Buy Back' initiative will then re-sell your second-hand furniture to customers who are looking for a cheaper alternative.

Due to be introduced in stores across the UK and Ireland on November 27th, the scheme has been planned to coincide with Black Friday to contrast against the ‘excessive consumption’ the day characterises.

The vouchers customers receive in return for their furniture will not have an expiry date, meaning you can use them only when you need to.

So, how exactly will the scheme work? Well, items that are returned in ‘good as new’ condition can be exchanged for a voucher worth 50% of the original value. 

Anything with minor scratches will receive 40% and items that have been ‘well-used’ will still get 30% back.

Returned items will then be re-sold in the 'As-Is' area of stores with anything that can't be put out being recycled or donated to community projects instead.

Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer Ikea UK & Ireland, said: "Sustainability is the defining issue of our time and Ikea is committed to being part of the solution to promote sustainable consumption and combat climate change.

"With the launch of Buy Back we are giving a second life to many more Ikea products and creating more easy and affordable solutions to help people live more sustainably. It is an exciting step forward in our journey towards becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030."

In terms of what types of items will be accepted - dressers, office cabinets, drawers, display storage, sideboards, bookcases, small tables, cabinets, dining tables and desks, chairs and stools without upholstery will be accepted.

However, non-furniture items, products used outdoors such as outdoor furniture, any items containing glass, kitchen worktops, cabinets or fronts, PAX wardrobes, baby products, or textile, upholstered and leather products, won’t be accepted.

If you think you’d like to take advantage of the scheme, be sure to fill out an online offer request, and you’ll then be invited to bring the fully assembled item to the returns and exchanges desk.

Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager at Ikea UK & Ireland, said: "The Ikea vision has always been to create a better everyday life for the many people, which right now means making sustainable living easy and affordable for everyone. 

"Being circular is a good business opportunity as well as a responsibility, and the climate crisis requires us all to radically rethink our consumption habits.

"Currently, 45% of total global carbon emissions come from the way the world produces and uses everyday products, so Buy Back represents an opportunity to address unsustainable consumption and its impact on climate change."

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