Ikea marks Earth Month
Ikea is excited about all the possibilities there are to live more sustainably at home. Each of our small actions adds up if we do our part. That’s why Ikea wants to help everyone live a more sustainable life, but also make it available to as many people as possible because sustainable living shouldn’t be a luxury for the few.
Living sustainably will help you save on energy and water, reduce waste and live an overall healthier lifestyle. Ikea has many ideas and solutions to help within all of these areas.
Ikea Canada is setting up an exhibit at the Green Living Show, which runs from April 7-9 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
All in with LED: Energy savings, better light quality, lower environmental impact and a 20-year lifespan are all reasons Ikea decided to go all in with LED in 2015 and here’s why you should, too. LED bulbs use 85 per cent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, which is why Ikea now only sell LEDs. They’ll fit into your existing light fixtures so you don’t have to replace your old lamps.
Save on energy while you cook: Ikea offers energy-saving appliances like induction cooktops, dishwashers and fridges that can help make a positive difference to the environment and help lower your energy bill. Simple changes, such as using a steamer insert when you cook can help lower your energy bill. Plus you can cook multiple items at once, which saves on your time too.
Water is a precious resource that we all share and we all play a part in conserving it. Ikea offers kitchen faucets that reduce consumption by up to 30 per cent, and bathroom faucets that reduce consumption by up to 50 per cent. Ikea has also improved the water efficiency of many of its dishwashers; some only use 3.5 gallons of water and still gets your dishes sparkly clean.
We can prevent food waste by saving leftovers in containers, preserving veggies, making chutneys and jams with seasonal produce and storing dried goods in clear containers so it’s easy to see what’s inside.
Waste sorting solutions: Recycling and preventing waste is something everybody can do at home. We can save money and repurpose old things to become new things. Every municipality has its own sorting system, and that’s why we have modular solutions to fit every household’s needs from the Variera drawer and cabinet organizers to the Sortera waste sorters.
Get moving: Part of leading a healthy lifestyle is to keep your body moving and stay active. Leave the car behind and choose a Sladda bicycle when going to work, grocery shopping or just taking a leisurely ride. Riding a bike is easy to do in a major city and allows you to reduce your carbon footprint and maintain mobility, while doing your body and the environment some good.
Create your own indoor garden: We know growing your own food is fresher, tastier, healthier and more sustainable, but we also know that with urbanization, homes are getting smaller. Just because you don’t have a backyard doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own food. You can grow your own fresh herbs by placing a Socker greenhouse by the windowsill or by hanging a Bittergurka planter or two to create a vertical garden. Growing your own herbs and small vegetables means you can embrace a greener lifestyle even if it’s in a limited space.