photography by Andrea Papini via IKEA
With Earth Day coming up, sustainability is on everyone’s mind. This includes IKEA who, on April 22nd, will host its first national “Furniture Take Back” day in partnership with Goodwill. The event is part of the “IKEA Sustainable Living Your Way Event” and will be held at 41 of the 43 IKEA U.S. stores. Spring cleaning just got a lot easier (and charitable!).
In honor of the eco-friendly holiday, the Swedish furniture giant and Goodwill Industries International are coming together to host a nation-wide furniture donation that also includes a full day of sustainability-themed activities. Customers can give their used furniture —it doesn’t even have to be from IKEA—to one of the Goodwill trucks situated in their local IKEA store’s parking lot and in return, will receive a coupon for $20 off a $150 IKEA purchase.
"We want to have a positive impact on people and the planet," says Lisa Davis, Ikea US Sustainability Manager. "We believe in making more from less. We turn waste into resources, source food and materials in a responsible way, protect natural resources, and are always looking for ways to become energy independent. Our joining together with Goodwill is just another example of how we help secure our future and put sustainability first."
Besides donating old furniture, customers can also participate in a full day of in-store activities. These range from IKEA Family giveaways and workshops to nutritional and sustainable food courtesy of the Swedish Food Market (which is offering $5 off your $25 in-store purchase; time to stock up on Lingonberry jam).
The Earth Day event isn’t the first time IKEA has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability. Some of their latest collections feature solar-powered lamps and eco-friendly kitchen cabinetry (yes it’s a thing and yes, it’s chic). The company has also committed an annual allocation of $2.5 billion globally, to invest in renewable energy through 2020, when the company aims to be entirely energy independent. So it only makes sense that it would partner with Goodwill, an organization that is equally committed to sustainability via recycled clothes and homeware items.
"The Goodwill and IKEA partnership helps fulfill the Goodwill mission of providing an environmentally responsible end-of-life solution for items that are challenging for consumers to donate. Goodwill will sell those items in stores to create job training and placement opportunities for people in local communities throughout the United States," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.
Have some pieces you’re looking to get rid of? The furniture take back event will take place from 9:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m. You can check your nearest participating IKEA store and even RSVP here.
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Published on April 20, 2017