Sure, IKEA consistently brings out the latest cult item for every room, but the Scandi-giant is also known for its sustainable approach to making furniture and running the business. And today, it’s released a new service, the Furniture Take-Back Service, that will allow customers to return their unwanted IKEA furniture (that’s still in good nick) back to the Sydney store in Tempe, where they will get a voucher based on it’s predicted value, and then sold at that same price to other customers.
The announcement comes with IKEA’s annual People & Planet Positive Report, which found that around 56 percent of Australians threw out furniture over the last year, and yet 25 percent would have kept it if they knew how to repair or reuse it.
If you have an abandoned sofa, or side table that could use a new home, all you have to do is fill in an online form and send photos of the furniture item you want to sell. Next, IKEA staff will assess whether it’s eligible and quote you a price. You then have 14 days to take it to the Tempe store. Don’t have a big enough boot? IKEA is also partnering up with GoGet where you’ll be given two hours to borrow a van for free—they’ve really thought of all the logistics for this one.
The report from IKEA also revealed that 13.5 million pieces of furniture was thrown away last year, and we can only imagine how many of those items could have been recycled, reused or restored. With more frequent discussions surrounding how businesses big and small can take part in the circular economy, this is a great way for IKEA to show that it can be done.