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IKEA aims to be completely sustainable by 2020

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Everyone's favourite home furniture store (or is that just me?) IKEA has announced plans to be totally self-sufficient by 2020, and is investing 1.5 billion Euro in solar and wind power to make this a reality.

The Swedish meatball and flat pack furniture giant, whose motto of doing things as 'cheaply and efficiently as possible' - while still bringing great Scandinavian design to the masses - is adopting the sustainable model to continue to keep costs low for both itself and the consumer.

The "People and Planet Positive" campaign will see the €1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) invested into expanding IKEA's existing solar and wind farms to deliver 70% of the firm's energy by 2015, with total self-sufficiency planned for 2020.

The new and improved green strategy also includes planting as many trees as it uses in producing its popular products by 2020, ensuring that half of its wood supply comes from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests, selling energy efficient products, using LED lights across the company, and ensuring all of its other bought-in products are sustainable.

We hope other companies will follow in making the future more sustainable.

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