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While IKEA Switzerland advances towards its goal of fully integrating circular design into all its products, recycling remains crucial in an immediate environmental strategy. Currently, recycling serves as an essential bridge between present practices and future ambitions, helping to manage waste effectively and reduce the consumption of raw materials. It allows IKEA Switzerland to conserve natural resources, minimize environmental footprints, and mitigate the impacts of climate change while new sustainable design and manufacturing processes are being developed and implemented.

 

This transitional strategy is vital as it maintains sustainability momentum and fosters a culture of resource consciousness, preparing for a smoother transition to a fully circular economy model that IKEA Switzerland is committed to achieving.

 

IKEA Switzerland, joining our Circular Economy Initiative with a dedicated project, is seeking groundbreaking solutions to address one of the most pressing sustainability challenges today: the repurposing and recycling of treated wood waste.

The objective of scouting is to identify a few companies and startups with which to define and develop a pilot project.

To participate in this scouting, read about the collaboration opportunities below and propose your solution.

Treated wood: waste to resource

Collaboration areas

Material Recovery

New Processes and Materials

Technology and Digital Tools

Partner

IKEA Switzerland

Experts and Jury

Oliver Brunschwiler

Oliver Brunschwiler

FREITAG and Patagonia

Advisory Board

Alma Jensen

Alma Jensen

Ingka Group

Global Circularity Specialist

Dr. Guido Panzarasa

Dr. Guido Panzarasa

ETH Zürich

Group Leader Wood Materials Science Laboratory

Simone Rieder

Simone Rieder

Rytec

Head of Circular Economy

Milan Marquard

Milan Marquard

Stadt Zürich

Project Manager Circular Economy

Annik Müller

Annik Müller

IKEA Switzerland

Sustainability Business Partner

Monika Wülser

Monika Wülser

IKEA Switzerland

Sustainability Business Partner

Dominik Schwyter

Dominik Schwyter

Vitra

Sustainability Lead

Andy Spörri

Andy Spörri

EPB

Team Leader Net Zero Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy

Franziska Barmettler

Franziska Barmettler

IKEA Switzerland

Head of Sustainability

Your team

Katka Letzing

Katka Letzing

CEO & Co-Founder

Tiziano Luccarelli

Tiziano Luccarelli

Sustainability & Circular Economy Lead

All our

verticals

Finance & Insurance

Based in one of the world’s leading financial cities, Kickstart is at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation in the finance and insurance sector.

Food &
Retail

Disruptive solutions tackling challenges in the Food and Retail sector to create positive impact on the current climate and health crises.

Health & Wellbeing

Innovative solutions that feed Switzerland's dynamic and rapidly developing startup landscape in the digital health sector.

Intrapreneur-

ship

We encourage, select and coach intrapreneurship teams of our partner companies to grow from prototype to a scaled solution.

New Work & Learning

Tackling the shifts that are influencing organizational work and the new cultures of learning by enabling innovative solutions and industry leaders for sustainable development.

Smart

Cities

Sustainable urbanization is key to successful development. Kickstart works to advance smart technology of businesses and cities.

Submission of interest: Check the full list of collaboration opportunities above and, by June 7th, provide a comprehensive overview of your company, your solution, and how it addresses the opportunity of transforming treated wood waste into an opportunity.

 

Evaluation: A panel of jury experts and IKEA Sustainability team members will review applications based on innovation, impact, scalability, and alignment with the collaboration opportunities.

 

Pitching session: On July 5th, shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitch potential pilot projects, detailing implementation, expected outcomes, and scalability.

Application process

We are looking for

Innovative approaches to repurposing, upcycling, recycling, or, more generally, reusing treated wood waste.

Technologies or processes to reduce impact and promote resource efficiency for treated wood waste, at each stage of the value chain.

Solutions that can be integrated into the current waste management systems, enhancing efficiency and sustainability.

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