- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

PHOTOS: IKEA Unveils 10 Eco-Design Commandments at Copenhagen Design Week

Posted By Ana Lisa Alperovich On September 8, 2011 @ 3:47 pm In Green Design Events,green Interiors,Green Products,social responsibility | No Comments

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

1. Use Wood from Responsibly Managed Forests

IKEA’s first commandment is represented through their BEKVAM [6] wooden stool. The design shows a commitment to using and creating demand for FSC wood.

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

2. Lighten Up

IKEA uses its own recyclable polypropylene plastic pallets [7] 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.

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

3. Economize on Resources

Material optimization is paramount to Ikea, and this can be see through the company’s popular LACK [8] table. The table is made from sturdy board-on-frame (BoF) and filled with recycled honeycomb paper.

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

4. Empower Women

This commandment refers to a joint effort by IKEA, Unicef [9] and Dutch designer Hella Jongerious [10]. Through the PS GULLSPIRA [11], Jongerious quilted wall hangings that helped skilled Indian women in creating their own small businesses while preventing child labor.

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

5. LED Bulbs Keep Glowing

IKEA has made the shift to LED’s, and their JANSJÖ [12] lamp showcases the positive qualities of using the energy efficient bulbs: they are low-energy [13], free of mercury, and remain cool to the touch.

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

6. Support More Efficient Cotton Production

IKEA supports eco-friendly cotton production. This can be seen in the production of its DVALA [14] bed linens, which are made from organic cotton that is less water-intensive and pesticide-free.

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

7. Make Smart Use of Materials

IKEA focuses on using renewable, biodegradable [15], multifunctional and recyclable materials. Shown here, the NASUM [16] basket is made from dried banana trees trunks (waste), and the LUSY BLOM [17] cushions are stuffed with production leftovers.

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

8. Live a More Sustainable Life at Home

The company is aiming to help customers reduce water [18] consumption by promoting fitted pressure compensating aerators (PCAs), which reduce water use by more than 30%.

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

9. Sort Your Waste

Recycling is key to reducing waste. IKEA’s RATIONELL [19] system helps people organize and recycle household waste in a simple and environmentally friendly way.

Water Issues,Recycling / Compost,Recycled Materials,Green Products,green packaging,Green Materials,Green Lighting,green furniture,Green Design Events,Green Appliances,IKEA,10 stories for the future,copenhagen design week 2011,

10. Design the Price Tag First

The Swedish company carefully considers the use of raw materials, transport and production methods. This is exemplified in Ikea’s LAMPAN [20] 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 [21] affordable for the masses.

+ 10 Stories for the Future [3]

+ Copenhagen Design Week 2011 [4]

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat


Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/photos-ikea-unveils-10-eco-design-commandments-at-copenhagen-design-week/

URLs in this post:

[1]

: http://inhabitat.com/photos-ikea-unveils-10-eco-design-commandments-at-copenhagen-design-week/copenhagen-design-week-2011-ikea-10-stories-for-the-future-11-2/?extend=1

[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/photos-ikea-unveils-10-eco-design-commandments-at-copenhagen-design-week/copenhagen-design-week-2011-ikea-10-stories-for-the-future-1/?extend=1

[3] ‘10 Stories for the Future’ : http://www.copenhagendesignweek.com/category/design-zone/events/ten-stories-future

[4] Copenhagen Design Week: http://www.copenhagendesignweek.com/

[5] IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/

[6] BEKVAM: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60178887

[7] pallets: http://inhabitat.com/amazing-amsterdam-office-built-entirely-from-wood-shipping-pallets/

[8] LACK: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/10193734

[9] Unicef: http://www.unicef.org/

[10] Hella Jongerious: http://www.jongeriuslab.com/

[11] PS GULLSPIRA: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60154259

[12] JANSJÖ: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00169635

[13] energy: http://inhabitat.com/energy/

[14] DVALA: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/80154079

[15] biodegradable: http://inhabitat.com/mathias-bengtsson%E2%80%99s-zebra-like-biodegradable-paper-chair-brings-danish-design-to-the-cutting-edge/

[16] NASUM: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20145479

[17] LUSY BLOM: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30151827

[18] water: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=water

[19] RATIONELL: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00130092

[20] LAMPAN: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30096100

[21] sustainable design: http://inhabitat.com/products-2/

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.