KUWAIT: In line with the commitment to have a positive impact on both people and planet, IKEA Kuwait is collaborating with the Environment Public Authority (EPA) in Kuwait to distribute a total of one million biodegradable eco-friendly bags, as part of EPA's environmental awareness campaign.

The EPA campaign aims to decrease plastic waste in Kuwait by shedding light on the danger of excessive plastic usage and to encourage a public behavior of replacing plastic bags with eco-friendly bags that dissolve in water, leaving no toxic residue behind.

"At IKEA, our ambition is to become a climate positive business. To meet the challenges of unsustainable consumption, climate change, and growing inequality, we are taking ambitious steps towards a more sustainable future. Our collaboration with EPA is a step on this journey," said Carsten Ebel, Director of Sustainability at Al-Homaizi Ltd.

"IKEA is a value-based business. We decided to side with the many since the beginning, more than 76 years ago, and the IKEA vision, to create a better everyday life for the many people, is now more relevant than ever. This means it is our responsibility to support the overall commitment to reduce plastic pollution, and to do everything we can to address it like encouraging people to use the biodegradable eco-friendly bags which are made from renewable and recycled materials," continued Ebel. For a better environment in Kuwait, IKEA calls all its customers to collect their eco-friendly bags from the EPA's dedicated booth at any of IKEA stores: The Avenues, 360, and The Assima Mall.

"We are honored to partner with EPA in Kuwait, and very happy to be chosen as part of this valuable campaign. This will help us all make better and more eco-friendly choices. We praise the EPA's instrumental efforts in promoting greener and sustainable solutions, which will indeed support the on-going global sustainable efforts in Kuwait. We also look forward for more cooperations in the future, hopping to encourage everyone in Kuwait to a better home and a better life," Ebel concluded.