IKEA is growing lettuce to serve in its restaurants

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High-technology hydroponic containers permit for soil-less cultivation along with a closely controlled yield.

IKEA is hoping to improve its environmental history by serving salad increased its stores. The firm declared the job at the finish of this past year, but just just revealed how the program will operate in a shop occasion in Kaarst, western Germany, on April 3rd.

Lettuce and herbaceous plants have been grown hydroponically, which is, without soil or pesticides, using LED lights powered by renewable energy. This system uses 90 percent less water and half the surface of conventional farming, also creates a harvest in five weeks.

IKEA lettuce© IKEA (used with permission)

The system employed for growing the plants is a 30 square-foot’farming technologies container’ produced by Bonbio, a Swedish circular farming firm. It contains four shelves and may consume to 3,600 plants in total. These are fed with nutrients extracted from organic waste, including leftover food from IKEA’s restaurants. From Bonbio’s website,
“Most of IKEA Sweden’s waste food is already sent to various biogas plants, including the biogas plant in Helsingborg run by our sister company OX2 Bio. At this biogas plant, Bonbio turns waste food into plant nutrients that are then used to grow lettuce.”
Because the lettuce is increased on site, it does not have any transportation expenses or emissions. Similarly, production could be increased to that a particular store’s degree of need, which reduces food waste. Over the course of a calendar year, a single container could create 5 tons of lettuce.

IKEA lettuce being cut© IKEA (used with permission)

Jonas Carlehed, sustainability director of Ikea Sweden, said last December, “More than 25 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions come from food. As part of Ikea’s quest to find new, innovative and sustainable solutions for food production, we are testing this circular culture model for lettuce.”

The salad job will roll out officially at two shops in Helsingborg and Malmö, Sweden. The long-term target is for the entire IKEA franchise to be self-sufficient as it comes to production of herbs, salad, and other greens.

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