IKEA has launched its first ever eco kitchen entirely made from recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood.
Made in collaboration with Swedish design studio, Form Us With Love, the KUNGSBACKA units utilise 25 plastic bottles for every 40x80cm unit.
With a suggested lifespan of 25 years, the kitchen’s main structure is formed from reclaimed wood, while the coating is made from plastic bottles. Form Us With Love opted for a simple silhouette in a matt grey to create a “timeless” design. As with most IKEA kitchens, the cabinets are modular, so they can be arranged to fit any space.
Describing the design process, John Löfgren, creative director at Form Us With Love, said: “We wanted it to feel like a black T-shirt, tuned to fit right, practical and still precious.”
With sustainable products often expensive to produce because of the extensive research and development required, IKEA and Form Us With Love had to come up with production methods that would make the kitchen a “viable alternative” to those currently on the market.
Anna Granath, product developer at IKEA, said: “Overcoming the price was a milestone in the development. Sustainability should be for everyone, not only for those who can afford it.”
IKEA are expected to introduce more sustainable furniture into its catalogue.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com