Ikea wants to reduce India’s pollution by turning waste into products
The Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea wants to turn straw, which India’s farmers normally burn, into products. Some of the pollution over India’s big cities appears from the burning of the straw after India’s farmers have harvested. Ikea now wants to offer another solution with a project called Better Air Now.
Farmers will be able to sell the unused part of rice plants to Ikea, which then will turn it into a material for new products. The project is focusing on Northern India, where cities like New Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad suffer from particularly bad pollution. Especially in New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, one part of the sickly haze in the air often comes from the nearby rice fields. When the wind blows in a certain direction, massive clouds of smoke settle over the city, and this makes it dangerous to breathe outside. Ikea is currently experimenting with various materials that could be produced out of the unused parts of rice plants. Here one possibility is a