Ikea buys back furniture to cut landfill waste
Ikea will re-sell furniture
Britain’s biggest furniture retailer, Ikea, is to buy back and resell unwanted furniture in a move to reduce the volume of products heading to landfill.
The Swedish group is promoting a circular model of consumption to reuse a range of furniture previously bought from the company.
Used products returned in as-new condition with no scratches will be bought for 50% of the original price, while items with minor scratches will be bought for 40%. Furniture that is well used with several scratches will be bought for 30%.
Shoppers will receive a refund card to spend in store. The used furniture will be sold in special areas in Ikea stores and via Gumtree, the online marketplace.
The scheme, which was postponed in November because of the coronavirus lockdowns, has been tested in Australia and Portugal as well as stores in Scotland where 10,000 items were brought back in just under a month in the autumn.