A new food item will soon be available at the end of your IKEA shopping gauntlet: veggie meatballs.
The actual Swedish furniture giant will roll out a vegetarian and a chicken version of its iconic meatballs in shops worldwide some time next season, a company spokesperson confirmed to the Huffington Post Wednesday. The vegetarian meatballs are component of IKEA’s effort to reduce environmentally friendly impact of its estimated 150 million meatballs sold per annum.
“We are aware of the particular meat issue with greenhouse gas, ” Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability for Ikea in the united kingdom, said at an environmental conference in London, according to a study last week in the Telegraph. “We will be using all our food products from the sustainability perspective but specifically meatballs. They are very popular and perhaps they are also our most carbon-intensive food on our menu. ”.
IKEA’s furniture has been a staple of dorm rooms and apartments for years. But that doesn’t mean the ubiquitous wooden desks, beds and dressers come without a cost: The Guardian reported in 2012 that according to its calculation, almost 1 percent of the world’s commercial wood is used to build IKEA products. Merely switching over to the oxymoronic “meat-free meatballs” won’t single-handedly solve the larger issue at hand (though they do sound a lot more appetizing than horsemeat balls).
That being said, it’s a welcome step. According to the environmental news site Business Green, the World Wildlife Fund will advise Ikea on how to revise some of its recipes so they have less of an environmental impact.
A full 98 percent of IKEA products are made from recycled or recyclable products, according to company reports, and the brand aims produce as much renewable energy as it consumes by 2020.