By Kali Coleman for BESTLIFE
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When it comes to buying home goods, many of us end up with more than we need. Through redecorating, redesigning, or remodeling, homeowners are often left with old furniture that no longer has use. Typically, these unwanted items either stay stored away or end up in landfills. But one major furniture retailer is aiming to stop that. Ikea recently announced that they will start buying back and selling secondhand furniture for the first time ever.
Ikea will launch the Buy Back initiative in stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland on Nov. 27, where consumers can return their old Ikea furniture so that the retailer can then resell it secondhand in stores. According to the company, this program is part of their goal to become “a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030.”
“With the launch of Buy Back, we are giving a second life to many more Ikea products and creating more easy and affordable solutions to help people live more sustainably,” Peter Jelkeby, country retail manager for Ikea in the U.K. and Ireland, said in a statement.
Many items previously bought from Ikea—including sideboards, bookcases, shelving, small tables, dining tables, office drawers, and desks, as well as chairs and stools without upholstery—can all be returned after customers register a request online. The only catch is that they have to be returned fully assembled.
When returning old furniture with the new program, customers will receive Ikea vouchers with no expiration date. However, the value of that voucher will depend on the condition of the item they are selling back. If an item is “as new,” with no scratches, customers will get a voucher for 50 percent of the original price. But if it is only “very good,” with minor scratches, customers will get 40 percent, and if it is “well used,” with several scratches, they will get 30 percent.
“The Ikea vision has always been to create a better everyday life for the many people, which right now means making sustainable living easy and affordable for everyone,” Hege Sæbjørnsen, country sustainability manager for Ikea in the U.K. and Ireland, said in a statement. “Currently, 45 percent of total global carbon emissions come from the way the world produces and uses everyday products, so Buy Back represents an opportunity to address unsustainable consumption and its impact on climate change.”