The Greenwich store will use solar panels, rainwater harvesting and a geothermal heating system.
Unlike other Ikea blue box-style stores, the new branch that opens on 7 February also has large glass windows meaning shoppers can browse at least some of the collection in natural light.
As part of its bid to become the first Ikea store in the UK to be awarded an ‘Outstanding’ sustainability rating by BREEAM, Ikea Greenwich is also encouraging environmentally friendly transport.
Located in Millennium Way retail park between the historic town centre and The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula, the new store is a five-minute bus journey from North Greenwich Tube station.
While parking has been and continues to be problematic at some Ikea outlets, Ikea Greenwich is asking its customers to use public transport when visiting the new superstore.
The 500-strong workforce will travel to the store by sustainable means, with bike-buying schemes and season ticket loans available to all employees.
In terms of getting purchases home from IKEA options include five electric vans for customers to hire.
Building on the idea that consumers are now at “peak stuff” (according to Steve Howard, Ikea’s former head of sustainability), Ikea Greenwich is planning to hold recycling workshops — as well as specific workshops for renters who need to be able to disassemble and reassemble their furniture when they move home.
“The new Greenwich store will be a leading example for circular retail in London as we aim to inspire and enable people to live a more sustainable life at home and support them to reuse, refresh or recycle their products,” said Ikea UK and Ireland’s Country Sustainability Manager, Hege Sæbjørnsen.
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