Swedish homeware giant IKEA has revealed plans to remove all single-use plasticsfrom its product range by 2020, while the Indian government has committed to banning the material from the country by 2022.
To coincide with World Environment Day this week, numerous national governments and large organisations have pledged to reduce use of the unsustainable, disposable plastics.
IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, has pledged to phase all virgin plastic from its homeware collections – a move that could set a precedent across the industry.
"By August 2020, all plastic material used in our home furnishing products will be 100 per cent renewable and/or recycled," reads its sustainability statement published yesterday, 7 June 2018.
IKEA promotes closed-loop society
The announcement forms part of a larger commitment to significantly improve IKEA's environmental impact. The company plans to completely overhaul its manufacturing processes so that only renewable, recyclable or recycled materials are used in its products.
The aim is to promote the circular economy – an approach where resources are kept in use for as long as possible, then recycled. IKEA's target is to "close at least two material loops" by 2020, in a bid to reduce customer waste.
"We will develop reverse material flows for waste material, ensure key parts of our range are easily recycled and take a stand for a closed-loop society," reads the statement.
India to ban single-use plastic from all 22 states
IKEA's statement comes days after it was revealed that India plans to ban single-use plastics from all of its 22 states by 2022.
During a summit on World Environment Day, 5 June 2018, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced his vision for India, the fastest-growing economy in the world, to set a global example for sustainability.
"It is the duty of each one of us to ensure that the quest for material prosperity does not compromise our environment," said Modi.