Ikea breaks into second-hand sales market in sustainability push

Ikea is trialling car boot sale events in a bid to increase its sustainability by encouraging customers to buy second hand home furnishings.

The move comes as part of the retail giant’s circular economy push and will be launched at its stores in Milton Keynes and Cardiff this weekend, when the store encourages customers to sell pre-loved items from the store.

If successful, the initiative will be rolled out across Ikea car parks across the country as early as 2024.

The new event concept will run alongside existing recycling opportunities hosted by the retailer, including its Ikea circular hubs, which are dedicated areas in stores selling recycled products.
All initiatives form part of Ikea’s goal to be climate positive by 2030.

“We’re excited to be hosting the first event of its kind for IKEA and are proud to be getting the local community together to sell, buy, explore and keep good things going,” Ikea Milton Keynes store manager, David Manser said.

“We want to make the passing on of pre-loved items as easy and enjoyable as possible, and by providing the opportunity for people to resell the items they no longer need, brings benefits to the community, the environment and wallets.”

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