In an attempt to draw down its carbon footprint by the end of the decade, Ikea is starting to buy back furniture items from its customers who no longer need them, and either resell it at a discount or dispose of it. The program in the United States is limited to one location for now, in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, but is expected to expand gradually across the country.
Ikea has already started rolling out the service in other countries, from the U.K. to Singapore. When someone wants to sell an item, they fill out a form online and indicate the condition, and Ikea offers an estimate of how much it can pay. (The option is limited to certain types of furniture, including bookcases, desks, chairs without upholstery, and a handful of other categories.) When the customer brings the furniture to the store, an employee will verify the condition and then give a store credit. If the item doesn’t qualify for resale, the customer can either take it home or Ikea can help dispose of it in “the most responsible way the local infrastructure will allow,” Keesson says.
Meanwhile, if you have a truck and are within driving distance of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, you can already pick up some bargains on previously-used Ikea furniture. Read more about the program at Fast Company.
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