For most people, when designing your home, one of the first places you’ll visit is Ikea. It’s such an easy way to decorate, you simply walk through different sections, picking out the furniture you like and then simply collect them at the end… and I also have to mention the food hall, which lets face it, we don’t more of an excuse to visit.
Well now to make this an even better experience, IKEA have come up with a completely recycled kitchen. It’s made up of of recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood. With the amount of plastic bottles ending up in landfill, this could be such an ingenious way of cutting back on so much waste, it proves that recycling on a large scale is very possible (which gives no excuse to how much we waste).
The design is structure is formed from the reclaimed wood while the coating is made with plastic bottles. The colouring is a lovely matt grey with a contrasting shiny black handle. John Lofgren, creative designer at Form US With Love, said:
“We wanted it to feel like a black T-shirt, tuned to fit right, practical and still precious.”
You would assume with how much it costs in production to apply waste materials to design, that this would be coming in at a hefty price, making it not so achievable for a lot of people. But Anna Granith, product developer at IKEA, explained that:
“Overcoming the price as a milestone in the development. Sustainability should be for everyone, not only for those who can afford it.”
IKEA is paving a way for new design at low cost. The design is effective, low-priced and economic, whilst also having a sleek and sophisticated finish. Did I also mention that it is set to last 25 years? It almost seems too good to be true. There’s more to come too, as the company is introducing more sustainable furniture in 2017 that are ‘no waste’.