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IKEA launches sustainability initiatives with Green Friday and resell program

IKEA Family members will be able to sell used furniture back to the store and benefit from discounts on sustainable merchandise.

FISHERS, Ind. — IKEA launched its latest environmental initiative Monday: a new resell service that will be part of the home furnishing retailer's sustainability program through the month of November.

As part of the program, IKEA Family members can sell back gently used IKEA furniture in exchange for an IKEA store credit. Items will be offered for resale in the store's As-Is section, giving other customers a sustainable and affordable option rather than buying new (and dealing with home assembly in many cases).

In addition to its Buy Back & Resell service, IKEA stores will be launching a Sustainable Living Shop in November in honor of IKEA Green Friday, which will be a dedicated section that offers inspiration and sustainable products. 

During the last week of November, IKEA will offer IKEA Family members discounts on sustainable home solutions and food with sustainability certifications in stores across the U.S.  

MORE: How IKEA Buy Back & Resell works

"IKEA is on a journey to become a circular and climate positive business by 2030," according to IKEA U.S. President and Chief Sustainability Officer Javier Quiñones. "We want to help create a sustainable movement in society, and inspire our customers to acquire, care for and pass on IKEA products in more sustainable ways."

IKEA tested the concept in September at its store in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and is expanding Buy Back & Resell service at 33 stores nationwide. IKEA said all of the products brought back during the September pilot program were resold versus recycled. 

The Sustainable Living Shop will make it easier for customers to shop for sustainable products and provide solutions and tips to make green living easier and more affordable, hopefully enabling customers to take impactful climate actions in everyday life. 

Black Friday will turn green for IKEA Family members with discounts on sustainable home solutions that combat pollutants, use renewable resources or come from recycled materials. These offers will be available at all IKEA U.S. stores nationwide from Nov. 26-29.

With these initiatives, IKEA hopes to further limit its climate footprint and transform its business model to make a positive difference when it comes to climate change. 

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