IKEA is always looking for new ways to reduce its environmental impact – and the company’s famous Swedish meatballs are next on the list. The store’s most popular menu item is traditionally made using beef, but now shoppers will also be able to choose a vegetarian or chicken-based meatball. According to the company, the new option will provide fans with an option that is friendlier to the environment.

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In 2013 IKEA’s reported emissions totaled 600,000 metric tons. In an effort to reduce that number, the company is looking at ways to reduce its footprint. “IKEA is a responsible company and we believe that we can play an important role in the move towards a more sustainable society,” the company said in its statement. The new menu option should hit stores in 2015 and can be purchased with a plate of potatoes, cream sauce and Lingonberry jam.

Related: IKEA’s New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

The news comes right on the heels of another sustainability venture, the company’s first wind farm investment in the United States. The company purchased a 98-megawatt wind farm in Hoopeston, Illinois in order to further reduce its carbon footprint.


Via LA Times