Love it or hate it, Ikea is a fact of life in much of the developed world. The yellow and blue superstores are just as much a staple of outer-suburban shopping districts as the companyís coffee tables are in young adultsí apartments. Itís easy to dislike Ikea for making products that are cheaply made and arenít intended to last for very long, but the company has made a serious effort in recent year to improve its supply chain and source more sustainable materials.
Ikea has set a long-term goal of sourcing all of its materials from forests that have been sustainable managed and harvested. Currently about 25 percent of wood used by Ikea has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, but the company aims to double that number within the next five years. In addition to seeking out sustainably-harvested wood, Ikea participates in several forestry projects, including Sow a Seed and WWF, that are aimed at improving the companyís environmental impact. So while we would love to see Ikea produce more durable, long-lasting products instead of the cheap objects that fill their catalogs, the company is at least making an effort to source source sustainable materials.