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PHOTOS: IKEA Unveils 10 Eco-Design Commandments at Copenhagen Design Week
Posted By Ana Lisa On September 8, 2011 @ 3:47 pm In Design,Events,Green Interiors,Green Products,Innovation,News,social responsibility | No Comments
‘10 Stories for the Future’ is an outdoor exhibition at this year’s Copenhagen Design Week that features 10 IKEA commandments and products that represent how the company is embracing responsible design. Through a story-telling journey of objects and words enclosed in glass and wooden boxes, the Swedish company demonstrate how they balance pricing and producing their products without compromising people or the environment.
IKEA’s first commandment is represented through their BEKVAM  wooden stool. The design shows a commitment to using and creating demand for FSC wood.
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.
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.
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.
IKEA has made the shift to LED’s, and their JANSJÖ  lamp showcases the positive qualities of using the energy efficient bulbs: they are low-energy , free of mercury, and remain cool to the touch.
IKEA supports eco-friendly cotton production. This can be seen in the production of its DVALA  bed linens, which are made from organic cotton that is less water-intensive and pesticide-free.
IKEA focuses on using renewable, biodegradable , multifunctional and recyclable materials. Shown here, the NASUM  basket is made from dried banana trees trunks (waste), and the LUSY BLOM  cushions are stuffed with production leftovers.
The company is aiming to help customers reduce water  consumption by promoting fitted pressure compensating aerators (PCAs), which reduce water use by more than 30%.
Recycling is key to reducing waste. IKEA’s RATIONELL  system helps people organize and recycle household waste in a simple and environmentally friendly way.
The Swedish company carefully considers the use of raw materials, transport and production methods. This is exemplified in Ikea’s LAMPAN  lamp, which features a lampshade that doubles as protective packaging to allow for a dramatic reduction in price.
For the second time IKEA is one of the main partners at Copenhagen Design Week, and the company’s ‘10 Stories For The Future’ exhibition offers an educational example of how they believe in making sustainable design  affordable for the masses.
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URLs in this post:
 BEKVAM: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60178887
 pallets: http://inhabitat.com/amazing-amsterdam-office-built-entirely-from-wood-shipping-pallets/
 LACK: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/10193734
 Unicef: http://www.unicef.org/
 Hella Jongerious: http://www.jongeriuslab.com/
 PS GULLSPIRA: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60154259
 JANSJÖ: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00169635
 energy: http://inhabitat.com/energy/
 DVALA: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/80154079
 biodegradable: http://inhabitat.com/mathias-bengtsson%E2%80%99s-zebra-like-biodegradable-paper-chair-brings-danish-design-to-the-cutting-edge/
 NASUM: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20145479
 LUSY BLOM: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30151827
 water: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=water
 RATIONELL: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00130092
 LAMPAN: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30096100
 sustainable design: http://inhabitat.com/products-2/
 + 10 Stories for the Future: http://www.copenhagendesignweek.com/category/design-zone/events/ten-stories-future
 + Copenhagen Design Week 2011: http://www.copenhagendesignweek.com/
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