A source of cheap, flat-packed products to suit every taste, Ikea revolutionised the way furniture is made, and forever changed the way we furnish our homes. But the Swedish giant’s ‘fast furniture’ model has long put enormous pressure on forests globally according to a report out by Environmental Group Earthsight.
Ikea is the largest buyer of wood and the largest retailer of wood furniture on the planet.
Over 18 months, Earthsight has gone on the trail to investigate Ikea’s Ukrainian timber purchases.
Using official files, on-the-ground reporting, satellite imagery and whistleblower accounts, Earthsight researchers followed supplies of suspect wood from Ukraine’s precious Carpathian forests to Ikea stores in the UK, US, Germany and elsewhere.
Flatpacked Forests: Ikea’s illegal timber problem and the flawed green label behind it has uncovered how the Carpathian Mountains, home to some of Europe’s last remaining lynx and brown bears, are being illegally deforested by firms supplying timber for many of Ikea’s most popular chairs and cheap furniture.
It details how Ikea has failed to prevent illegal, unsustainable wood being used for its products. Behind this failure is the Forest Stewardship Council, the world’s largest green label for wood.