"At IKEA, we feel a great sense of responsibility that our business should have a positive impact on people and the planet," says Brendan Seale, Sustainability Manager at IKEA Canada. "Managing our resource flows in smart and efficient ways will be an important part of IKEA's leadership in progressive business practices going forward."
"Cascades Recovery welcomes the opportunity to work with companies who realize the impact waste has on the environment," says Albino Metauro, CEO, Cascades Recovery Inc. "IKEA is a company who embraces this philosophy by ensuring that their recyclable materials are diverted from landfills. They are in turn, 'closing the loop' by purchasing Cascades products which are made from those recovered materials."
By purchasing Cascades products with 100% recycled content (compared to the industry standard of 40-50% recycled content), each year IKEA is saving approximately:
1,200 trees (3 football fields)
4.25 million L of water (1.5 Olympic swimming pools)
63,000 kg of waste (5 garbage trucks)
140,000 kg of CO2 emissions (50 cars)
1,700 GJ energy (15 households)
60,000 kg CO2 emissions (17,000 trees planted)
460 kg NOx emissions (4 trucks)
About IKEA Canada
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 338 stores in 40 countries worldwide, which are visited by 776 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 1.1 billion visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them.
About Cascades Recovery
Cascades Recovery Inc. is in the business of managing discarded recyclable materials. Unlike waste companies whose primary business is waste to landfill, Cascades Recovery diverts recyclable material from landfill and find ways to use these materials over and over again. As one of Canada's largest collectors, processor and marketer of recyclable materials, Cascades Recovery handles over 1.56 million tons of recyclable materials annually. With 21 material recovery facilities located across Canada and the United States, we have been providing recycling services to the Commercial, Industrial, Graphics and Municipal sectors for over 33 years.