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IKEA wants to reinvent packaging for a more sustainable and better future

Selected ventures will pitch to IKEA and have the chance to be selected to develop a pilot with IKEA.

How can we reinvent packaging for a more sustainable and better future? IKEA is running a global competition and asking Canadian companies to get involved.

The goal is to find the innovators and disruptors of the packaging sector. After a successful Food Innovation Program, applications are now open to the IKEA Packaging Innovation Program.

IKEA is one of the world’s largest home furnishing brands today. As a curious company with a constant drive to enable people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet, they are also invested in making packaging alternatives more sustainable and safer – to both people and our planet. This is why they are looking for innovative packaging disruptors in the following areas:

  • Sustainable alternatives and innovative packaging materials of the future, including upcycled or waste materials from other industries.
  • Accessible solutions for safely transporting goods from suppliers to customers.

Packaging plays a major role in the entire IKEA supply chain, from product development to production, distribution and storage. The basic functions of packages are to protect the product from damages, ensure efficient and convenient handling and inspire and inform in the buying process. Each year, more than four billion customer packages are passed through the IKEA systems.

On behalf of IKEA of Sweden, Impact Hub is looking for ventures/packaging entrepreneurs bringing creative solutions to one of the following areas:

● Packaging materials of the future. Particularly materials that will protect IKEA products and make sure they reach customers safely? Exploring all material,
including waste materials from other industries, but not compostable and biodegradable solutions.
● Product packaging meeting delivery demands. Specifically new materials that enable safe transport through various channels to our customers. IKEA is curious about new innovative handling material, the function of packaging and re-use/multi-use solutions.

Through this program and its participants, IKEA aims to share, learn and explore more of the future of packaging.


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