IKEA has reduced its use of EPS packaging filler by 8,000 tonnes per year, by replacing it with a fibre-based recyclable that uses a honeycomb design.

IKEA, the iconic furniture company of Swedish origins, has replaced much of its EPS foam (expanded polystyrene) used as packaging filler with a recyclable material. As EPS cannot be recycled on an industrial scale, the company has worked both internally and with suppliers to develop a new recyclable packaging material. The new material had to be as cheap, impact-resistant and easy to use as EPS foam. Adapting an existing material used for other products, such as doors and other board-based products, the company developed a fibre-based material that uses a honeycomb construction. Through this, the company reduced its use of EPS by 8,000 tonnes per year.

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IKEA – Improved recyclability of packaging