What IKEA Amman is Doing to Help Make Jordan Green

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

Recycle Catalogue Web

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

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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.

Repackaging Machines

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

A large volume of the waste comes from IKEA’s packaging. However, they do try to design their packaging in the most minimal and efficient way without compromising the integrity of the packaged product. Also, all packaging used is meant to be easy to recycle.

Recycling Center at IKEA

At the IKEA Jordan store, you can find a Recycling Area. It’s equipped with compacting machines, to handle their waste more efficiently, increase recycling options, and reduce the CO2 emissions generated by the number of trips needed to transport the materials to the recycling companies.

Energy Efficiency

The IKEA Amman showroom uses 100% LED Lighting, helping them consume less energy. Because 1 LED light consumes 85% less energy than a normal bulb and lasts 20 times longer.

Saving Water

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.


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