The clothes we wear shouldn’t come with a planetary price tag we can’t afford. That’s why Ikea should insist on their garments to be made from ethical yet low-cost materials. How? By creating textiles from wood.

To protect the world’s resources, the textile industry needs to reduce its dependency on cotton and fossil based fibres. Cotton production will not be able to meet the world’s demand for fibre in the future and fossil fuels are depleting faster than new reserves can be created. 

That’s when IKEA’s love for wood comes in extra handy. Wood is not only beautiful, it is meant to perform and meant to last. Wood can fulfil our furniture wishes - and beyond. By turning wood pulp into textiles, Ikea can eliminate waste and make the most of a precious resource.

Compared with cotton manufacturing, the process of spinning wood pulp into textile fibres reduces water use by 95% and does not use pesticides or farmland. So, no need for massive amounts of water and pollution of air or soil.

As the largest producer of wooden furniture in the world, sourcing wood pulp shouldn’t be a problem for Ikea: they could simply use the rest material from our furniture production. As the wood is renewable and retraceable, the garments made from wood fibre can be endlessly recycled, creating a ‘closed loop’. ︎