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Ikea opens dedicated second-hand stores, expanding circular furniture goal

Ikea is to open its second second-hand furniture store in its home country, Sweden, expanding its commitment to the circular economy concept.

The store, located in the ReTuna shopping mall in Eskilstuna, will stock used Ikea furniture bought back from customers, repaired and refurbished, giving old Ikea furniture a second life instead of ending up at recycling stations or in landfill.

The new outlet is scheduled to launch later this year, with the launch billed as part of Ikea’s strategy to become a fully circular business by 2030.

“By testing new ideas, we take another step towards our goal of becoming completely circular and making it easier for more people to live a life within the planet’s boundaries,” the company said in a statement. “Our second hand service is one of several examples of our sustainability work.”

The second-hand concept was piloted in the UK last year together with a textile recycling scheme. In Sweden, the former is now available in all stores except one in Stockholm. 

Last year, the home furnishing giant launched a subscription program in some regions, allowing customers to rent home furniture.

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