IKEA unveils plan to lift 200,000 people out of poverty

April 19, 2017 by  
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When most people think of IKEA , they most likely think of affordable furniture and trendy home accessories. But many people are unaware of the company’s lofty social goals. In addition to their efforts to promote sustainability , it turns out IKEA is also working on a plan to alleviate poverty for Syrian refugees and other disadvantaged people around the globe. IKEA recently announced it’s building new production centers in Jordan this summer, as part of a plan to create employment for 200,000 disadvantaged people around the world. The facilities will be open and running by August, and will provide jobs to refugees producing rugs, cushions, bedspreads, and other handmade woven items. These particular facilities are the result of a partnership with the Jordan River Foundation , a non-governmental organization founded by Jordan’s Queen Rania. To start out, these particular plants will only employ 100 people, rising to 400 within two years. About half will be local workers and the other half will be Syrian refugees . Related: IKEA’s Lena Pripp-Kovac talks to Inhabitat about their sustainability program The new production centers are just one of many projects the furniture giant is working to establish around the world. Already, they’ve launched programs to help Indian women and Sweden’s immigrant population, which employ about 2,000 people collectively. The ultimate goal is to eventually employ about 200,000 people around the world through these initiatives. Rather than lead the projects themselves, IKEA is teaming up with local social entrepreneurs – organizations that help use business solutions to alleviate poverty, rather than simply distributing aid. Not only does this help provide jobs for people who desperately need them, it also helps organizations that would normally be too small to meet IKEA’s supplier guidelines to get their work into stores around the globe. Related: IKEA is launching a whole range of “no waste” products made from recycled materials This isn’t the first time IKEA has used its clout for social good. The company also recently established the IKEA Foundation to help children in poor communities, and unveiled an award-winning flat-pack refugee shelter design . So the next time you buy a new bookshelf or visit just to sample the Swedish fare at the restaurant, you can feel good knowing your purchase is helping others around the world. Via Dezeen Images via YouTube/Screenshot

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IKEA pledges 1 billion euros toward fighting climate change

June 5, 2015 by  
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Sweden’s mega design retailer IKEA is pledging 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) to fight climate change. Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall announced the company’s plans to invest in renewable energy for developing nations with the aim of improving people’s lives and easing environmental pressures and inspiring the private sector to follow suit. Agnefjall also notes despite their generous pledge, IKEA prices will not be affected. Read the rest of IKEA pledges 1 billion euros toward fighting climate change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Climate Change , eco design , effects of climate change , green design , ikea , IKEA climate change , IKEA climate change pledge , IKEA foundation , IKEA invests in renewables , IKEA renewable energy portfolio , IKEA solar , IKEA wind , Solar Power , sustainable design

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Incredible, newly discovered underwater creatures caught on camera for first time

June 5, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. The deep seas are host to a vast number of extraordinary, completely alien creatures, ranging from the rare and somewhat terrifying Goblin Shark to 18-foot-long sea serpents —and those are just some of the ones we know about. While the oceans cover two-thirds of the planet’s surface, we have only explored some five percent of them, which means that there is almost literally a world of unknown sea creatures out there that we have yet to discover—and these extraordinarily beautiful, yet to be named creatures recently filmed off the coast of Puerto Rico are the most recent to be caught on camera for the first time. Read the rest of Incredible, newly discovered underwater creatures caught on camera for first time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deep sea creatures , deepsea corals , deepsea exploration , marine life , newly discovered species , NOAA , ocean health , puerto rico , underwater alien , unknown species

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IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees

February 4, 2014 by  
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There are nearly 10.5 million refugees around the world, and nearly half of them are children. When the sun sets, many of these people displaced by either environmental or political catastrophe live in the dark, which curbs their ability to conduct everyday functions like using the toilet, studying and doing income-producing work. To address this enormous energy shortfall, IKEA and the UN refugee agency United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently announced that they are launching a new program called Brighter Lives for Refugees that brings solar-powered lamps to refugee camps. Read the rest of IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antonio guterres , Brighter Lives for Refugees , ikea , IKEA foundation , IKEA LEDARE LED bub , improving power supply , indoor lanterns , lighting for refugee camps , making refugee camps safer , primary school education in refugee camps , solar street lamps , solar-powered lamps , unhcr , United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees        

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IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

June 26, 2013 by  
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IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

June 26, 2013 by  
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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

June 26, 2013 by  
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Plastic Bag photo via Shutterstock Following in the footsteps of San Francisco , Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic bags. Plastic bags have a huge environmental cost as they enter landfills , waterways and ultimately the ocean , and campaign groups fought hard for the measure, which received 11-1 votes in favor from the council. The measure will go into effect on January 1st, 2014, and it makes Los Angeles the largest city in the U.S. to ban plastic bags. Not only that, but it means that by the end of 2014, over 30% of California’s population will be covered by laws regulating plastic and paper bags. Read the rest of Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , la environment , la pollution , Los Angeles , los angeles city council , plastic bag ban , plastic bags , reusable bags , reycling , single use plastic bags        

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Chip Yates Announces Plans to Fly an Electric Airplane Non-Stop Across the Atlantic

June 26, 2013 by  
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Last year, Chip Yates set a new world record for being the first person to fly an  electric airplane  over 200 mph. But that wasn’t enough to satisfy him. Yates is aiming even higher, announcing plans to become the first person to fly an electric airplane non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip will take Yates from New York to Paris — the same route that Charles Lindbergh  took. Yates is still quite new to flying — after all, he has only had his pilot license for about a year — but he is eager to test the limits of electric aviation. Read the rest of Chip Yates Announces Plans to Fly an Electric Airplane Non-Stop Across the Atlantic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airplane batteries , aviation , Burt Rutan , Chip Yates , Chip Yates electric flight , electric airplane , electric plane , Flight of the Century , green transportation , Long EZ aircraft , transatlantic flight        

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In San Jose, Purchase a Net Zero Home and Get a Free Tesla

June 26, 2013 by  
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If the American Dream is to own your own home with a car in the driveway, then a real estate agent in San Jose has quite possibly created the American Fantasy. Anyone willing to put down $1.35 million for a home in the Willow Glen neighborhood will also receive a Tesla Model S sedan . The listing agent has drawn a lot of attention to the four bedroom, three bathroom house with the promise of the electric vehicle, and to top it all off, the home was given a green makeover in February by SIDCO Home s (Sustainable Innovative Design & Construction). Read the rest of In San Jose, Purchase a Net Zero Home and Get a Free Tesla Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , electric sedan , energy star appliances , kgo-tv , mohan mahal , morris williams realty , net zero home , san jose , sidco homes , tesla model-s , willow glen        

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