Without IKEA there would be no Norse Interiors, so taking time to show appreciation for this Swedish brand should never get put on the back-burner. Our products are beautiful, custom extensions and additions for some of the most well-known and durable IKEA series ever made. IKEA has an extensive range of affordable home products sold internationally, while maintaining a positive brand reputation and responsible environmental footprint. "To meet the challenges of unsustainable consumption, climate change, and growing inequality, we are – in collaboration with partners, co-workers, and customers – taking ambitious steps towards a more sustainable future. For us, it's about balancing economic growth and positive social impact with environmental protection and regeneration." – IKEA's Sustainability team
Caring for people and the planet
IKEA has always been ahead of the curve in terms of its social and environmental responsibilities and taking steps to reduce its environmental impact. We want to fill you in on why we admire IKEA and how they run their furniture empire. For a few years now, IKEA has committed to defining what responsible consumption means for the company and exploring how it can prolong the life of its products and make it easier to buy, fix, sell, share and give products away. IKEA's plans for 2022 and beyond are looking better than ever. They've become circular, climate positive, and regenerated resources while growing the IKEA business.
Choosing wood as the #1 resource
Wood is the material most commonly associated with IKEA furniture, and for good reasons. It's renewable, recyclable, durable, ages beautifully, and is an important part of our Scandinavian design heritage. "At IKEA, we believe that sourced in a responsible way, wood is a key change driver for climate mitigation," claims the Swedish giant. About 99.5% of the wood used for IKEA products is either Forest Stewardship Council certified or recycled. That is an unbelievable accomplishment for a company of its size.
IKEA's sustainability team firmly stated: "We don't allow any wood in our supply chain from forest areas that are illegal or contain high conservation values or from forest areas with social conflict. Before starting to work with IKEA, suppliers must demonstrate that they meet IKEA critical requirements on wood sourcing… All suppliers are audited regularly and non-compliant suppliers are required to implement immediate corrective actions." The company is a great supporter of brands like Norse who help you turn cookie-cutter furniture into forever pieces for your home. Retrofitting an IKEA system with Norse means you upcycle durable, inexpensive foundations to create personalized furniture that's stunning, sustainable, and just plain smart.
You can't beat the nature of nature
At Norse, we make our fronts in sustainable MDF wood, certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. We give it a satin sheen paint finish or add real wood veneer for long-lasting pieces with a luxe feel. MDF is an engineered wood that lends exceptional strength and ensures the product's structural integrity over time.
Our natural wood collection's doors and panels have an MDF core, with natural wood veneers in walnut and white oak. We chose White Oak and Walnut because they're simply the best in class for durability and beauty; we suggest oak for a more Scandinavian decor and walnut for a more luxurious look. They also grow in the US, which is essential to us - we source material that minimizes the environmental footprint.
Accomplishing more by working together
IKEA's current agenda focuses on three key areas: making responsible forest management the norm across the world, halting deforestation and reforesting degraded landscapes, and driving innovation to use wood in smarter ways by designing all products from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured, and eventually recycled.
IKEA inspires and enables more than 1 billion people to live a better everyday life within the boundaries of the planet. As pressure on the world's forests and the surrounding eco-systems increases, IKEA's Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 sets out to:
- Improve forest management
- Enhance biodiversity
- Mitigate climate change
- Support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests across the whole supply chain
- Drive innovation to use wood in even smarter ways.
Caring for people and the planet has never looked better.
For many years, IKEA has partnered with businesses, governments, social groups, and non-governmental organizations to fight forest degradation and deforestation and increase the volume and availability of wood from responsibly managed forests for our supply chain and beyond. We are on a journey to improve global forest management and make responsible wood sourcing the industry standard, contributing to building resilient forest landscapes and enhancing biodiversity.
At Norse Interiors, you'll find luxurious, custom-made replacement pieces to turn IKEA furniture storage into bespoke works of art. You customize the color and design of sturdy, American-made pieces and fit them over existing IKEA sideboards, media consoles, dressers, and nightstands at home. Explore our collections and create the long-lasting piece you've been looking for.
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