Ikea Products Consume 1% Of Planet’s Commercial Wood Supply [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on July 7, 2013 3:58 PM EDT

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Ikea products consume one percent of the earth’s wood supply to keep its ready-to-make furniture business operating. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Ikea products sell faster than hotdogs at a baseball stadium. Pop into any New York apartment and chances are there's a coffee table, bookshelf or foldout desk - or perhaps all three - that bears the Ikea name; ready-to-assemble Ikea products are so popular in Europe that one in 10 Europeans were conceived in an Ikea bed.

It's just one retail store out of the world's many, but the company, which employs 15,000 people and has 46 different manufacturing sites, uses a full one percent of the world's commercial wood supply.

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According to Gizmodo, Ikea products, which sell in the hundreds of millions every year, were made from 17.8 million cubic yards of wood in 2012. Roughly 25 percent of this came from wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, meaning the wood is obtained legally and is sustainably sourced.

Keep in mind, most of the wood that comes from forests is used in the developing world. Inquisitor reports that a full 50 percent of the world's wood supply is used for fuel for cooking and heating. Still, Ikea products sucking up one percent of earth's wood supply is a pretty big dent in Mother Nature's green wallet.

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