Ikea is piloting a new furniture take back service at their Tempe store in Sydney, encouraging customers to return products they don’t use anymore in exchange for a voucher.
The company hopes to reduce their contribution to landfill and encourage the adoption of a circular economy.
“Moving to a circular economy is essential if we are to continue to meet the needs and dreams of the many, while staying within the limits of one planet,” the company said in a statement.
“We want to do our part and take the lead in creating a waste-free and regenerative economy.”
IKEA is also holding a series of free DIY workshops to teach customers how to give new life to their old furniture.
“Learn a new skill and move towards a more sustainable life.”
Not everything qualifies for a return, though. If you’re interested, you’ll have to fill out a form and attach five photographs of the item you wish to take back. Within 24 hours, an IKEA representative will evaluate your product and tell you whether or not you are eligible to return it.
If approved, you’ll receive a confirmation email and will be asked to bring your product to the Tempe store within 14 days. If you don’t have a car to carry your items, IKEA has partnered with GoGet to offer customers free two-hour access to a vehicle.
After some refurbishing, these items will find their way back to IKEA shelves to be purchased by those who can’t resist discounted furniture. The initiative seems to be a win-win for all parties involved – including the environment.
You can find the participating Ikea store at 634-726 Princes Highway, Tempe, Sydney.