Evolving design for safety


IKEA is committed to making a positive impact on people and the planet.

With an ambition that by 2030, all plastic used in products will be based on renewable or recycled material, the journey towards this goal has already begun with a plan to replace single-use plastic in the range and use different kinds of sustainable plastic in an increasing number of products.

The development of the HEROISK series contributes to one important goal for IKEA – that all plastic products in the future are based on renewable or recycled materials – or both.

“These products are small but important steps on our journey. They are made of corn today, but in the future it might be a different renewable source. The development of renewable plastic is fast, and other products based on more sustainable materials are on the way,” says Erik Ljungblad, who works at IKEA of Sweden and is an expert on plastic.

PLA plastic products are both durable and safe, just like all IKEA plastic products, but PLA leaves a smaller environmental footprint. PLA can be used for lots of different things, including products for children and food contact – product categories with tough safety demands.

HEROISK is the first product series made entirely from PLA plastic. It’s both microwave and dishwasher safe and can be recycled.

“We want to make it simple and affordable for customers to live a more sustainable life at home,” Erik says.