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PHOTOS: IKEA Unveils 10 Eco-Design Commandments at Copenhagen Design Week
1. Use Wood from Responsibly Managed Forests
IKEA’s first commandment is represented through their BEKVAM wooden stool. The design shows a commitment to using and creating demand for FSC wood.
2. Lighten Up
IKEA uses its own recyclable polypropylene plastic pallets instead of the standard wooden ones. This way they can adjust them to accomodate different products. The pallets also support additional weight, optimizing transportation and cost effectiveness.
3. Economize on Resources
Material optimization is paramount to Ikea, and this can be see through the company’s popular LACK table. The table is made from sturdy board-on-frame (BoF) and filled with recycled honeycomb paper.
4. Empower Women
This commandment refers to a joint effort by IKEA, Unicef and Dutch designer Hella Jongerious. Through the PS GULLSPIRA, Jongerious quilted wall hangings that helped skilled Indian women in creating their own small businesses while preventing child labor.
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