Plastic has many benefits – it’s strong, durable, lightweight and versatile. But disposal can be a pollution headache. The answer is to find more sustainable alternatives wherever possible.
After all, is a plastic straw really needed when a paper straw – based on wood from sustainably managed forests – can do the same job?
With this in mind, the IKEA home furnishing range and food-service areas phased out items made from single-use plastic at the start of 2020. Materials for disposable products such as straws, cutlery, cups and plates now come from renewable sources.
In cases where plastic is still needed, the aim is to use only renewable or recycled plastic by or before 2030. PLA (polylactic acid) plastic, for example, is made from renewable sources like corn, sugar beet and sugar cane.