Sustainable life at home with IKEA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Enjoying the comforts of your home does not mean turning a blind eye to what is happening outside your window. In fact, shopping for eco-friendly and sustainable items for our dwellings not only helps the Earth breathe a little easier but also lowers our energy consumption costs. Another thing to consider while shopping is how long you’re actually going to keep the product.

Since setting up shop in the Philippines, a country that has suffered the brunt of climate change, Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA has likewise brought a range of products that make healthier and sustainable living easier for Filipinos. With the aim of becoming “People and Planet” positive by 2030, IKEA has been working on sustainable actions within its organization and business operations.

At the very onset of producing furniture, sustainability is part of the design and production process of items available at IKEA. Among its initiatives is looking into products that carry a certification from the Forest Stewardship Council or FSC. An FSC certification means the wood products came from forests that are responsibly managed.

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IKEA has also started phasing out items made from single-use plastic at its IKEA home furnishing range and food-service areas.

In cases where plastic is still needed, the aim is to use only renewable or recycled plastic. PLA (polylactic acid) plastic, for example, is made from renewable sources like corn, sugar beet, and sugar cane.

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While we’re on the topic of food, what we eat — and what we throw away — has an impact on your health, your savings, and the environment. At IKEA, there’s a wide range of food containers that can help you to reduce your food waste.

IKEA can also help you save energy at home. LED light bulbs, for example, use up to 85 percent less energy and last 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

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For those who want to conserve water, they will be delighted to know that a pressure-compensating aerator is now a standard across the whole IKEA range of taps and showers. This reduces the amount of water coming out — by up to 50 percent in some bathroom taps — but maintains the pressure.

IKEA believes everyone can #StartSmallStartHere. With little actions to save water and electricity at home, not only can you save a little money, you are also doing your part in saving the planet. And the store is starting with their employees by letting them use its products! Watch the video below.

Indeed, sustainable life at home is achievable with IKEA. Learn more about IKEA and how you can save money and save the planet at