JESSICA HULLINGER 01.28.16
Pilot programs to repair or recycle furniture show promise but have yet to take hold in the U.S., despite us hitting “peak stuff.”
Where does an Ikea product go when it approaches the end of its useful life? Maybe Craigslist, or the annual yard sale, or—for the optimistic or guilt-ridden—a storage unit. Probably the worst option of all? The landfill. But Steve Howard, the Scandinavian company’s chief sustainability officer, believes in a future where Ikea furniture never really dies at all. Instead, it gets reincarnated.