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IKEA to open first second-hand store in Sweden


Agence France-Presse

Stockholm  /  Sat, September 12, 2020  /  10:05 pm
IKEA to open first second-hand store in Sweden

People shop at IKEA in Mega Bangna in Bangkok on May 5, 2013. (Shutterstock/Tooykrub)

IKEA will open its first second-hand store selling refurbished furniture in Sweden later this year, the company said Friday, part of its effort to become a fully circular business by 2030.

The store will open in the world's first second-hand shopping center in the town of Eskilstuna, called ReTuna.

The Swedish company has previously said it would start renting and recycling furniture worldwide as part of an eco-friendly drive to address concerns its affordable, flat-pack business model leads to overconsumption and waste.

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"If we are going to reach our sustainability goals we need to challenge ourselves and test our ideas in practice," IKEA Sweden's sustainability director Jonas Carlehed said in a statement.

The company aims to reduce its overall climate impact by 70 percent on average per product by 2030.

The second-hand store, which is a test project that will be re-evaluated regularly, will be supplied with furniture and home furnishings from a nearby IKEA store that have been damaged and repaired. 

The company has already begun repairing and re-packaging products in every store that have been damaged in transit, as well as allowing customers to return products -- including furniture -- for resale or donation to charities.

In 2019, IKEA launched a pilot project on some markets leasing furniture.

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