IKEA and Neste have joined hands to utilize renewable residue and waste raw materials, such as used cooking oil, as well as sustainably-produced vegetable oils in the production of plastic products. The pilot production at commercial scale, the first large-scale production of renewable, bio-based polypropylene plastic globally, is expected to take place during fall 2018.
IKEA is keen to use more renewable and recycled materials in exploring new materials for IKEA products and plans to change all of the plastic used in IKEA products to plastic based on recycled and/or renewable materials by 2030. IKEA will use the new plastic in products such as plastic storage boxes, starting with a limited number of products.
The collaborative of IKEA and Neste is able to turn waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil, as well as sustainable vegetable oils into polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) plastic, some of the most commonly used plastic.
Erik Ljungblad, Category Manager Plastic Products at IKEA of Sweden, said, “This new material represents a significant step towards a fossil free future. No one has ever before been able to produce PP plastic from a fossil-free raw material other than on a laboratory scale. Together with Neste, we are ensuring that there is an opportunity to scale up the production of this material.”
Senior Vice President Tuomas Hyyryläinen from Neste’s Emerging Businesses business unit, commented, “The production of bio-based plastics at a commercial scale is a major achievement in the cooperation between Neste and IKEA, while it also marks a significant milestone in Neste’s strategy. IKEA is the first company to benefit from the developed supply capability that helps companies and brand owners towards replacing fossil-based raw materials with sustainable bio-based raw materials.”