If you’ve read my other posts about going green in Jordan, you already know I’m a recycling maniac. Because of this, it always makes me happy to read about local initiatives to help minimize the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. Being the hippie that I am, naturally, I’m in a Facebook group called “Live Greener in Jordan“. Recently a member posted about IKEA having some recycling initiatives in Jordan in addition to their FRAKTA bag. FRAKTA what? Yes you know it, it’s that notorious blue bag sold at checkout for about 1 JD (or 2,000 JD if you go for the Balenciaga knock-off).
Besides the blue bag, here are more ways IKEA is helping Jordan’s environmental impact:
Recycling Old IKEA Catalogues & Paper Products
Bring that old IKEA catalogue that’s by now covered in dust on your coffee table back to the store along with your other paper products and they’ll recycle them for you. Why go to the “trouble”? Because recycling 1 ton of paper can:
- Save 17 trees
- 26,500 liters of water
- 2 barrels of oil
- 4,000 kilowatts of electricity (the energy that you save can power 1 home for 5 months)
Can’t make it out to IKEA? Here are other places to recycle in Amman.
No Single-Use Plastic Bags
IKEA’s reason behind their FRAKTA shopping bag is to achieve 0 disposable bags from ending up in the landfill. In one year 1 IKEA blue bag can prevent 1,460 disposable bags from ending up in a landfill.
The Amman IKEA store is equipped with a repackaging machine and a spare part library to allow them to give a second life to products (returned products or samples). Perk for you – these products are sold in the AS-IS department at cheaper prices! Who doesn’t love a discount?
Recycling Packaging Waste
Recycling Center at IKEA
Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world and IKEA is trying to minimize their water consumption by using water saving taps in store.