IKEA releases disassembly instructions for iconic products

Deconstructing flatpack furniture is now a piece of (DAIM) cake

Easy-to-use guides have been created for six of IKEA’s best-selling products including BILLY, BRIMNES, LYCKSELE, MALM, PAX and POANG

Making disassembling furniture easier than ever before, the reverse set of instructions are designed to help customers extend the life of their products

With the launch of its latest initiative, IKEA continues to make living sustainably easier and more affordable

IKEA is working towards becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030

18th February, 2021: IKEA has turned its iconic instruction manual on its head by launching Disassembly Instructions, a set of easy-to-use guides that make disassembling its furniture easier than ever before.

The Swedish retailer is making it simpler for customers to extend the life of their IKEA furniture – one Allen Key at a time. Whether the flatpack items need a new home or a new place in the home, Disassembly Instructions provide customers with clear and safe step-by-step guides on how to take apart their favourite products.

Available to view and download online, IKEA has created the guides for some of its top-selling products:

The launch aims to encourage consumers to keep their furniture for longer, helping extend the piece’s life cycle.

In 2020, the Ingka Group produced 132% more renewable energy than it consumed in its global operations for the very first time**. The achievement followed multiple initiatives from the retailing group geared towards reducing carbon emissions and helping customers live more sustainably at an affordable price, without compromising on style. These include: the launch of plant balls, a plant-based alternative to IKEA’s iconic meatball which contains just 4% of the carbon footprint; Buy Back, a new second-hand service due to be rolled out when stores reopen, which will allow customers to sell back pre-loved IKEA furniture; and the removal of all single-use alkaline batteries from sale in stores globally.

Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland, said: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at IKEA and we remain committed to introducing new ways to promote circular consumption, in order to help meet our goal of becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030, in addition to making sustainable living accessible and affordable to all.

“In the past three years we have put a great deal of effort into understanding and defining what a truly circular value chain means for IKEA, and as such, we want to take circular consumption mainstream and make it easier than ever for customers to acquire, care for and pass on products such as by repairing, reusing, reselling, and recycling them.

“Alongside other initiatives like Buy Back, we hope the reverse manuals inspire people to re-think their consumption habits by extending the life cycle of our products and, together taking small steps, to help reverse against climate change at this critical time.”

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