Swedish homeware giant IKEA has announced it will phase out all single-use plastic products by 2020 across its stores worldwide.
It comes as the furniture retailer announced plans to use only renewable and recycled materials in its products by 2030.
IKEA said on Thursday it aimed to reduce the climate impact of each of its products by more than two thirds by the end of next decade.
The announcement revealed the store will stop selling single-use plastic products including straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags, and plastic-coated paper plates and cups, reports Yahoo 7.
The change will also come into effect across Ikea’s restaurants which will stop giving out plastic straws, cups, plates, cutlery, drink stirrers and plastic containers for freshly prepared food.
“Through our size and reach we have the opportunity to inspire and enable more than one billion people to live better lives, within the limits of the planet,” Inter IKEA CEO Torbjorn Loof said in a statement to accompany the company’s 2030 sustainability strategy document.
“We are committed to taking the lead, working together with everyone – from raw material suppliers all the way to our customers and partners.”
Woolworths and Coles also announced it would be banning the sale of plastic straws by year’s end.
Coles said it would reduce plastic wrapping on fruit and vegetables, including bunches of bananas, kale and silver beet, and replace meat and poultry packaging with recycled and renewable materials.
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