Last year, Swedish furniture company IKEA announced plans to launch a “Buy Back & Resell” program as part of their plan to reduce waste and become carbon neutral by 2020. After successful trials of the buy-back program in Europe, the sustainable initiative is officially coming to select US stores this month.
The first US store to offer the program will be in Conshohocken, Penn, a suburb of Philadelphia. It launched on August 30 and will run until September 19. Following that trial, the company plans to implement the program permanently at other stores around the country.
To participate, consumers must fill out a form on IKEA’s website, and, once approved, they can bring their IKEA furniture items in for store credit. The store will then have an “as-is” section where other customers can shop used items at a discount.
The goal of the program is to promote circularity, reduce waste, and offer more affordable used options to shoppers. We will continue to follow this program as it expands across the US.