Turning bottles into kitchens

Ikea has launched their Kungsbacka kitchen fronts - made from recycled wood and plastic bottles


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On February 1st, Ikea launched their new Kungsbacka kitchen fronts. Kungsbacka is the first kitchen front in the Ikea range, which is made from both recycled wood and recycled plastic.

Together with the Swedish design group Form Us With Love and an Italian supplier, Ikea of Sweden developed a new material on the market - a plastic film made from recycled PET bottles.

Every year, we consume billions of PET bottles globally. Some are recycled as material for new products, but the majority are rubbish.

- What we do at IKEA has a major environmental impact, because we are working with large quantities. By using recycled materials, we can produce in a more sustainable way, says Anna Granath, product developer at Ikea of Sweden.

A vision of sustainability
Anna Granath is the project manager for the team that has developed Kungsbacka. The project started two years ago with a vision to create a more sustainable furnishings and kitchen production. Together with an innovative Italian supply-team, they began to explore the possibilities that recycled materials offer.

The development resulted in a new material on the market - a plastic film made from discarded PET bottles collected by Japanese municipalities.

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- We found a way to convert used PET bottles to foil for laminating the Kungsbacka kitchen fronts. The biggest challenge was to create a material that meets the same quality standards as a foil made of a new material. We have worked hard not to compromise on quality or price, says Marco Bergamo, responsible for the development of the Ikea of Sweden Italian supplier, 3B.

25 pint bottles are needed for the antracite-colored cover of a 40x80 cm Kungsbacka kitchen door. This is an important step for Ikea towards a more sustainable business. Kungsbacka does not only give recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood a new life, but also a much longer life. Like all Ikea kitchen fronts, Kungsbacka also comes with a 25-year warranty.

 - We need to get better at using the earth's resources in an intelligent way. Our ambition is to increase the percentage of recycled materials in our products. We are looking at new ways to reuse materials such as paper, fiber, foam and plastic, so that we can give them new life in a new product, says Anna Granath.

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