Ikea unveils its ‘greenest store ever’

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CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Diamond Geezer Upcycling workshops, electric deliveries and limited parking spaces. What’s not to like? Recently, Ikea revealed that it had already achieved its goal of 100% electric deliveries in Shanghai . But a furniture giant of this size, selling this much stuff, is going to have to go a whole lot further to achieve its goals of becoming ‘climate positive’ by 2030 . Londoners can now get a better idea of what all such a push might entail because Ikea has just launched its Greenwich store, and it is aiming to put sustainability at its core. As House Beautiful reports , the new store features solar panels, rainwater harvesting, geothermal heating and LED lighting, but it’s where it moves beyond the usual green building trappings that things get interesting. Also on-site is a wildlife park, a rooftop garden and—perhaps most encouragingly—a workshop space where folks can learn about upcycling and prolonging the life of their products. (Remember, Ikea man no longer wants us to throw away old things .) Of course the store also features deliveries by electric van and cargo bike, and, certain to delight my friend Lloyd, it is openly advertising the fact that […]

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