IKEA trials furniture renting scheme

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IKEA Greenwich's Learning Lab, where customers can learn about sustainable living

Ikea will trial a furniture leasing system across its Swedish stores, beginning this month.

According to reports in the Financial Times, the scheme will initially offer business owners officer furniture for a set period.

After it is taken back, IKEA will refurbish, upcycle, resell or recycle it.

If the trial is successful, it may be rolled out to other markets including kitchens for the consumer market.

This week IKEA opened a new sustainable store in Greenwich which has been designed to promote healthy and sustainable living.

The store includes a Learning Lab for customers to learn about prolonging the life of products, upcycling, reducing waste and growing their own food.

It is easily accessible by public transport and offers a range of delivering services meaning customers can leave their cars at home.

IKEA’s furniture tack-back scheme will also be offered as standard to all London customers by the end of the year following a successful trial scheme in Cardiff,

Hege Sæbjørnsen, country sustainability manager at IKEA UK & Ireland, said: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at IKEA and moving to a circular economy is essential if we are to continue to meet people’s needs and dreams while staying within the limits of the planet.”

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