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IKEA transforms a Swedish city into a sustainable community

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IKEA is pushing the boundaries of a green home to work on sustainable urban living, starting for the first time ever a collaboration with an entire city.

The ready-to-assemble furniture giant is collaborating with the municipality of Helsingborg in its home country of Sweden on a green community project, known as H22Includes agriculture, retail and housing.

IKEA and Helsingborg are moving beyond the four walls of the home to explore solutions to the many challenges that come with ever-increasing urbanization.

Sites are being created in and around the city in preparation for a 35-day fair that kicks off in the summer of 2022.

Urbanization in all its positive aspects comes with some challenges, such as: density, inequality, segregation and contributions to climate change.

To find solutions to these changes and challenges, IKEA has teamed up with the city of Helsingborg in an initiative aimed at making city life healthier and more sustainable for citizens, society and the planet as a whole.

In the suburb of Drottningh√∂g, IKEA is helping to create an urban agricultural market with a focus on improving residents’ skills and creating new jobs and businesses.

Starting this year, fresh crops are grown on a site called the garden, and the produce is then converted into local meals in the kitchen, which are all sold in the market.

Meanwhile, an abandoned warehouse in the port area houses new retail, manufacturing and production methods for visitors to explore.

IKEA offers ideas for homes of the future, as new technologies shape the look and function of living space, and advance textiles and printing technologies in hopes of promoting environmentally friendly manufacturing methods.

Fredriksdals’ city forest connects the different aspects of the gallery, referring to the Flat Local Urban Planning Project from 1955.

IKEA creates an outdoor camping space using sustainable materials, a self-sufficient energy and water system.

Students from all over the world are invited to the region to design new affordable housing and facilities solutions.

To help promote the project, the ready-to-assemble furniture company is launching a podcast series titled The Oracle, Where locals share their stories about the future of the city over several one-hour episodes.

The H22 project represents IKEA’s latest push to adopt more environmentally friendly policies.

The company has previously pledged to be climate positive by 2030, starting with the goal of generating more renewable energy by the end of 2019 than the energy used by its stores.

It also promised to stop selling non-rechargeable alkaline batteries by October 2021 due to concerns about waste and sustainability.

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