IKEA Wants To Buy Back Your Old Furniture To Reduce Waste

Furniture giant, IKEA Wants To Buy Back Your Old Furniture To Reduce Waste. The sell-back program is part of the IKEA family membership.  

How it works: Customers first must sign-up to be an IKEA Family member. Customers can then submit an application to sell their gently-used items back to the store for in-store credit. IKEA will then evaluate the product’s condition and make an offer back if the product is considered in good condition. The customer will then bring the product back, assembled and will receive the IKEA gift card. IKEA would then support in giving the product a second-life through its As-is section.  More details can be found here.

Ikea Canada’s head of sustainability, Brendan Seale, announced the sell-back service at the Zero Waste Conference in Vancouver on Nov. 8. It’s a way for Ikea “to reduce the amount of waste that’s connected to our business”. The program is specific to Canada for now, but the company runs similar initiatives in a few other countries, including Portugal and Japan.

Eligible Items (must be gently-used and in good condition)

• All dressers, office drawer cabinets, small structures with drawers, show storage, sideboards

• Bookcases and shelf units

• Small tables

• Multimedia furniture

• Cabinets

• Dining tables and desks

• Chairs and stools

• Chest of drawers

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• All sofas, sofa-beds, armchairs,

• Non-IKEA furniture

• Outdoor furniture

• Mattresses, textiles and other soft goods (pillows, towels, etc.)

• Items with glass

• Baby and children’s furniture

• Oversized pieces (e.g. PAX, BESTA, Kitchens, etc)

• Any “hacked” items

• Non-assembled items

• Cooking and eating items

IKEA adds  “we have gone all-in to create a sustainable future.  For IKEA, this includes making bold commitments such as the fact that we will phase out all single-use plastics from our product range and food services. We’re also committed to becoming a fully circular business by 2030. For IKEA, circularity means designing our products with re-use, repair, repurposing, and recycling in mind from the beginning, using only renewable, recycled, and recyclable materials, eliminating waste, and connecting with our customers in new ways to give products a longer life.” 

Will this work to reduce waste, well time will tell. Will consumers shlep a used bookshelf to the store for a credit? I guess it will depend on the person and how bad they want it. 

It’s a clever initiative for sure. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

What do you think?

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