Renewable residue and waste raw materials, such as used cooking oil, as well as sustainably-produced vegetable oils can now be utilized by IKEA and Neste to produce plastic products.
Starting fall 2018, the pilot at commercial scale will be the first large-scale production of renewable, bio-based polypropylene plastic globally.
While growing the business, IKEA wants to have a positive impact on people and the planet, using more renewable and recycled materials and explore new materials for IKEA products. IKEA, as part of this journey, is working to change by 2030, all of the plastic used in IKEA products to plastic based on recycled and/or renewable materials.
Influencing climate change, plastic is traditionally made from virgin fossil materials and is a finite resource. IKEA can secure the production for the future by changing to plastic based on renewable material and reduce the need for extraction of fossil fuel for the purpose of making plastic.
A collaboration between IKEA and Neste, which was initiated in 2016 is one of the ongoing projects towards eliminating virgin fossil-based raw materials in plastic products. IKEA and Neste, as a result of this collaboration are now 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 are PP and PE 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.”
Chosen to contain 20 percent renewable content, the pilot at commercial scale of PP and PE plastic will start during fall 2018. Neste’s 100 percent renewable hydrocarbons will form the basis of the production of bio-based plastics. The new plastic will be used by IKEA in products that are part of the current product range, for instance, plastic storage boxes, starting with a limited number of products. More products will follow as capacities improve.
“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,” said Senior Vice President Tuomas Hyyryläinen from Neste’s Emerging Businesses business unit. PWKD12062018