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I got to know to IKEA’s CSO Steve Howard last year at BSR. We talked quite in depth about IKEA’s 3-fold sustainability philosophy, People Planet Positive. Today I had a chance to catch up and get into some specifics on one of the most intensive parts of IKEA’s supply chain: Textiles.
IKEA is a major producer of textiles. Think sofa covers, chairs, etc. The process of creating them is both water and energy intensive – especially in the dyeing process. To reduce this problem, IKEA’s Greentech venture arm, along with Nike, has invested in a startup called Dyecoo. Dyecoo has developed a system to dye textiles using supercritical carbon dioxide – completely eliminating water from the process. There’s a technical PDF here that explains how this works. In the interview below, Steve tells me more about the details and how the project came to be: