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How to create a sustainable sleep environment with IKEA

ikea1At IKEA, we want to inspire and enable as many people as possible to live more sustainably. From the materials we use, to the daily choices we make, living in a more environmentally conscious way is beneficial to both ourselves and our planet.

Living more sustainably should be all encompassing throughout the home, but the bedroom is often overlooked. However, there are a number of simple updates you can make to help create the perfect sleep sanctuary, whilst also helping make tomorrow a better day for yourself and our environment.

Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland says:

“At IKEA, we are committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. We want to make sustainable living as easy and as affordable as possible to incorporate into our everyday lives. Many of us are already making changes to the food we consume and how we manage waste, but it’s important to apply this thinking all aspects of life at home. The bedroom offers many wonderful possibilities for sustainable updates, especially as we face the colder months ahead.

“Temperature is a key factor that can affect quality of sleep. Reduce the amount of energy used to heat your home by investing in room darkening/blackout blinds or curtains. IKEA’s TRIPPEVALS, BLÅHUVA and HILLEBORG options are all made from 100% recycled PET bottles and are effective at keeping out draughts, which help to reduce the need for heating and help to save money in the long run.

“Blankets and throws create layers of insulation. Cocoon yourself in the chunky DUNÄNG throw, with its thick woolen material being the perfect snug accompaniment to your bed. It’s also stain-repellent and hardwearing, meaning it will last many years to come.


“Purifying the air in your bedroom is another aspect to consider, benefiting the environment as well as your own wellbeing and quality of sleep. The GUNRID curtains’ fabric has been treated with a mineral-based coating, which reacts to natural light and breaks down indoor air pollutants such as acetaldehyde. It’s simpler than an electric air purifier, better for your electricity bill and more eco-friendly. They’re also made from 100% recycled polyester, which means less impact on the environment and a new life for all those old PET bottles. Incorporating plants is another easy way to purify your air naturally, with the DYPSIS LUTESCENS and LAVANDULA potted plants adding a splash of greenery, producing oxygen and filtering pollution.

“Lastly, invest in affordable solutions that will prolong the life of your current bedroom products. Rather than getting a new mattress, adapt it with a mattress protector. It’s simple to remove and wash and will help you have the right level of comfort and support. The easy to care ÄNGSKORN protector is made from a lyocell and cotton blend fabric and a polyester filling mainly from recycled sources.”


Please find below a selection of IKEA products to help make easy and sustainable updates to your bedroom. For expert advice on how to sleep better, head to the IKEA Sleep Hub.


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