Covering nearly 11,000 acres, a forest in Georgia was on the verge of being sold and developed when Ikea stepped in and bought it.
As most companies and countries are pushing towards sustainability, Ikea is on this mission aswell. Their goal is to “climate positive” by 2030. They aim to achieve this by reducing more emissions than it emits through its value chain, and it’s doing that through sustainable initiatives such as investing in renewable energy, shifting to electric delivery vehicles, and implementing new business models such as taking back old furniture and repairing it for resale.
Ikea bought the forest in Georgia from a nonprofit called the Conservation Fund, which buys up forests that have been designated for harvesting wood. When the group buys a so-called “working forest,” it puts in place permanent easements that mean the land can never be broken up in a future sale and the native forest will be protected and restored as habitat for local species.
Ikea’s parent company, Ingka Group, own around 136,000 acres of forest in five states, with the goal of keeping them sustainably managing for years.
This forest recently purchased can be visited by hikers and is located near Georgia’s Altamaha River Basin.