Ikea’s new ‘plant ball’ is a meatless twist on its classic Swedish meatball

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The new dish has just 4% of the carbon footprint of the original meatball, though it costs the same, and tastes almost identical. Each year, Ikea sells more than a billion meatballs at its in-store restaurants. But the furniture company is now hoping to convince more customers to choose a plant-based version instead. In August, it will launch a new “plant ball” in European stores. U.S. stores will follow in September. Read Full Story

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Sorry, stainless steel. Samsung has a flashier vision for your kitchen

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Samsung is imagining your home to be full of modular, customizable, colorful appliances. The refrigerator of today is a wall of gleaming steel, sparkling like a robot from some 1950s sci-fi TV show. But Samsung has a different vision for the future of your kitchen. Samsung imagines your fridge as a blocky, Piet Mondrian painting. You can choose the size and shape, and even the color, to perfectly match your walls. And this customization won’t just be applied to your fridge. All of your appliances, from your dishwasher to your air purifiers, will soon be elevated to furniture status. Read Full Story

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Can the furniture industry end waste by going circular? Ikea wants to find out

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The furniture giant is trying to remake its own operations to encourage durability, repairability, and resale of used furniture. And now it wants to help other furniture companies do the same. Last year, as Ikea began testing a furniture rental program in some markets, it also began taking old furniture back from customers, so it could refurbish old sofas and resell them instead of having them sent to landfills. It’s just one aspect of the company’s plans to become fully circular by 2030 —meaning that everything it makes is designed for reuse, repair, or recycling. Read Full Story

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This circular economy furniture startup designs its couches for rental and reuse

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Feather wants to stop furniture from going into landfill, by making a line of easy-to-clean and -repair furniture that can go to a second owner when you’re tired of it. Around 12 million tons of furniture ends up in landfills in the U.S. each year. A startup called Feather wants to begin to change that by shifting ownership: Instead of selling furniture, the company rents it. When someone moves or wants a different sofa, they can send it back, and the company will clean and repair to sell to someone else. Read Full Story

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