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High tech furniture makes smaller spaces more adaptable than ever

Would you consider placing a movable bed in front of your closet to save space? What if the bed could move itself automatically when you needed to access your shoes? Ori, a customizable furniture company, is joining others, such as Alphabet and Sidewalk Labs, and embracing how robotics will play a Read More...

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IKEA is on a quest to bring energy to people with no access to power

In the world of positive news, IKEA’s name pops up quite often. Just last week, we wrote about a new line of IKEA homeware that is being made using waste straw from rice farmers in India who typically burn it, which contributes heavily to air pollution. And the week before, we ran a little story Read More...

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IKEA launches new collection made of leftover rice straw to reduce smog in India

Once the rice is harvested in India, the straw is commonly burnt by small-scale rural farmers to make way for the new crop. This smoke contributes to the smog peaks that cause numerous health problems for the population of northern India, where nine out of 10 of the world's most polluted cities are Read More...

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Ikea is hopping on the plant-based meat bandwagon with new vegan ‘meatballs’

Ikea is known around the world for two things: its furniture and its meatballs. Indeed, along with the BILLY bookcase and the POÄNG chair, meatballs are one of the company’s bestselling products, with roughly a billion meatballs sold per year. Now that a number of restaurants and fast-food Read More...

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IKEA develops state-of the-art curtains that purify the air in your home

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is one of the biggest environmental health risks on the planet, leading to millions of deaths annually. The problem is more alarming for those us living in cities, so much so that air-purifiers are expected to become a household Read More...

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70% of IKEA’s products in 2018 were either renewable or recycled

IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, has revealed that 70 percent of its production materials in 2018 were either repurposed or recycled. The progress was posted in the retailer’s latest sustainability report, which also documents the actions the furniture giant has taken to date to Read More...

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These cute robotic vessels can collect debris from rivers

IKEA, the Swedish furniture giant, has designed a remote-controlled boat that clears trash from water. Modeled after one of its bath toys (the SMÅKRYP to be exact), the boat is equipped with technology that can collect and store any debris it comes across in the water. Obviously, this is publicity Read More...

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Ikea plans to buy farm waste from India to help the country tackle air pollution

In India, burning straw that’s left after harvesting rice fields is a common practice among farmers. This is a major air pollutant that adds to the already smog-filled skies of India’s biggest cities. Ikea wants to step in and provide farmers with an attractive alternative of buying their Read More...

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How Ikea and HP want to help keep plastic out of the ocean: make stuff from it

If you buy an ink cartridge from HP, some of the plastic might have come from bottles collected on streets and canals in Port-au-Prince, Haiti–intercepted before they could end up in the ocean. Since 2017, the company has worked with local collectors to gather more than half a million pounds of Read More...

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Ikea rolls out self-driving car concepts that don’t look like cars

Ikea just became the latest company to announce it's tinkering with self-driving cars. But don't call Ikea the next Waymo or Read More...