Celebrate Earth Day With Tips From IKEA Canada On A More Sustainable Life At Home

Just in time for Earth Day! IKEA has put a list together of their top 10 tips for living a more sustainable life.

Top 10 tips from IKEA to Live a More Sustainable Life at Home

1. Choose toys that are safe for kids and better for our planet. The MULA collection is a series of safe and durable wooden toys that stimulate children's creativity.

2. Opt for solar lighting, both indoors and out. The SUNNAN work lamp combines low-energy LED technology with solar panels. For every SUNNAN sold in IKEA stores worldwide, one will be donated through UNICEF to children in Pakistan. These lamps enable children to read, write and study in the evenings, even if their homes have no electricity.

3. Cut down on food waste by storing and using leftovers. Using food storage containers such as RARITET can help cut down on wasted CO2 emissions from food production, as well as waste.

4. Use less water. Make sure your faucets are using as little water as possible. The RINGSKÄR tap comes with a flow control function, which can adjust the water flow in two steps and reduce water use by 30 per cent.

5. Recycle at home. The RATIONELL easy-to-clean sorting bins help organize and recycle household waste simply and easily.

6. Dispose of batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in a responsible way. Since 2001, IKEA has offered a "Free Take Back" recycling program - even for non-IKEA brands.

7. Go organic whenever possible. Organic agriculture excludes the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and strives to maintain biodiversity and ecological balance. Organic SYLT jams are
one of the many organic food products sold in the Swedish Food Market at IKEA.

8. Buy furniture and accessories made from waste materials. The LUSY BLOM cushion is stuffed with leftover material from the production of other IKEA products.

9. Skip the dryer and let clothing air-dry. Instead of using an energy heavy dryer, hang laundry on the TVÄTTA drying rack instead.

10. Unplug computers and TVs when not in use. A power-strip that can be turned on and off, such as KOPPLA, prevents energy loss and can save up to 10 per cent on your electric bill.

IKEA has also recently launched the Never Ending List, a program that outlines the leading home furnishings retailer's commitment to taking social and environmental responsibility towards its customers, coworkers and suppliers.

Over 100 stories of IKEA's sustainable accomplishments and environmental tips can be found throughout thestore, and on-line at www.ikea.ca/theneverendinglist.


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