IKEA recently announced that it is looking move away from styrofoam and begin using mushroom-based packaging. In recent years, many brands have made an effort to reduce waste by switching to eco-friendly packaging. Now one of the world's largest furniture brands has announced its plans to join the green movement.
Until recently, IKEA has been filling up the empty space in its packages with expanded polystyrene foam. While this material is effective at protecting items from damage, it is not sustainable. As a result, the company is looking to replace its use of styrofoam with a form of mushroom-based packaging developed by Evocative. Unlike styrofoam, the fiber-based material is made from mushrooms and can be easily recycled.
IKEA's shift towards eco-friendly packaging could help to set a new precedent for the home furnishings industry.