Ever wonder what can be made from recycled water bottles? They can be made into a variety of products like clothing, other containers, carpet, and lawn furniture. But IKEA is taking recycling a step further and building kitchen cabinets from recycled plastic as well as reclaimed industrial wood.
It takes 25 bottles and a small amount of wood to create a 40 x 80cm cabinet. This shows that disposable products are not a waste but actually a resource. This is the idea of the circular economy – creating wealth from what was once considered waste by maximizing the productivity of our resources.
The successful companies of the future will embrace the circular economy idea. The circular economy will help make products more affordable, decrease negative environmental impacts, and attract and retain customers.
IKEA isn’t the only company incorporating the circular economy. Plastic that is recovered from the ocean is being used by Adidas to make shoes and P&G is using it to make shampoo bottles. Unilever recently announced that all its packaging will be fully reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.
Would you buy a cabinet made from recycled water bottles? What will be created from recycled resources next?
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