IKEA’s Recipe for Sustainability

IKEA’s Recipe for Sustainability

What’s in this article:

  • Ikea’s new cookbook, “The ScrapsBook” is great in that it addresses a universal paint point: Food going to waste
  • The book contains several innovative ideas for using eggshells, peels, and used coffee grounds to cut waste from your kitchen
  • Ikea positions this solution to food waste as a fitting part of its aspiration “to become a circular and climate positive business by 2030”

I can’t even count how many recipes I’ve skipped because they called for a whole bunch of stuff I didn’t have in my kitchen without any room for things in my fridge that I wanted to use up before they’d go to waste. That’s why I really love the concept of this Ikea cookbook; it addresses a universal pain point.

Though The ScrapsBook was designed specifically for IKEA Canada, anyone can download it in PDF format for free at IKEA.ca/Scrapcooking. It’s available on Apple Books and Google Play Books.

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Don’t throw it out!

I haven’t worked my way through all 111 pages and 50 recipes yet, but my initial impression is a positive one. It’s not just about recipes themselves that actually call for wilted greens and watermelon rinds but ideas for putting your kitchen scraps to use in general.

Under the heading, “HOW TO BEAT WHAT YOU CAN’T EAT,” are several innovative ideas for using eggshells, peels, and used coffee grounds. I definitely have to try using cucumber peels at entrances to deter ants. That’s a much more appealing solution than the poisons I’ve been using.

Ikea positions this solution to food waste as a fitting part of its aspiration “to become a circular and climate positive business by 2030.”

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Melissa Barbosa, Sustainability Manager, IKEA Canada, observed that “Food is valuable and precious. We believe that everyone in the food chain has a role to play in preventing and reducing food waste.”

Literally tons of food are wasted in Canada, as is likely the case in many other countries. IKEA Canada does deserve credit for not just preaching to others but living up to the change it calls for. The retailer reports that it has already cut its own kitchen wastes down by 31%, and its goal for this year is to get it down to half of what it had been.

IKEA is not just relying on people downloading the book. It will be hosting a weekly series of live cooking tutorials on Instagram Live hosted by contributing chefs this Spring. Watch for it under the name #Scrapcooking Sundays.

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