IKEA to Use Bio-Based Glue  - Diversified Communications

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  March 6, 2023

IKEA to Use Bio-Based Glue 

IKEA is switching from fossil-based to bio-based glues to reduce the climate footprint of board production.

Right now 5% of the climate footprint of the total IKEA value chain is connected to the use of glue in board materials. With this change, the goal is to reduce fossil-based glue use by 40% and GHG gas emissions from glue by 30% by FY30.

“This is a big and important movement for IKEA, which we have been working to enable for more than 10 years. This confirms the need for more glues with much lower climate footprints and that small changes can have big impacts. We hope this will inspire others to follow,” says Venla Hemmilä, Material and Technology Engineer at IKEA of Sweden in a statement.

The goal is to have most board-producing factories in the IKEA supply chain using glues that have lower climate footprints by FY30. In Kazlu Ruda, Lithuania, the first IKEA Industry factory is now using a glue system made of technical starch from corn in large-scale production. 

Finding new glue solutions is one of the main approaches to further reduce the climate footprint linked to particle board production, together with striving towards 100% renewable energy consumption. This movement aligns with the overall IKEA ambition to only use renewable and recyclable materials by FY30. 

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