IKEA calls on children to come up with ideas to make their schools more sustainable

IKEA has launched a national competition, encouraging children across the UK to create innovative and sustainable designs for their school. Supporting the national Let’s Go Zero campaign to make all 32,000 UK schools carbon-free by 2030, the retailer is pledging to provide the products, solutions and funds needed to bring four children’s winning designs to life in their school .

The competition comes as a new IKEA study reveals that 8 in 10 (83%) children aged 5-16 want to make changes at school to help tackle climate change, nearly two-thirds ( 65%) saying they feel their school has already implemented some initiatives, but not enough. In fact, schools have the power to prevent 625,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Reducing electricity consumption or increasing the energy efficiency of buildings are just some of the small changes that can have a huge impact.

With 42% of all UK households housing school-aged children, the classroom is a natural place to inspire change in communities for the next generation. Schools and children play a vital role in helping the UK reduce carbon levels, building on the existing energy and passion of the next generation to be more climate-conscious and bring beneficial changes. The initiative aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of UK schools and promote healthy and sustainable living for as many people as possible.

Many of the younger generation are somewhat savvy about being more sustainable, with 6 in 10 (62%) saying sustainability is important to them and more than a third (38%) saying they know more about sustainability than their parents. The research also found that 8 in 10 (87%) children aged 5-16 recycle their trash, three-quarters (75%) make sure to turn off lights when not needed and more half (55%) take a shower instead of a bath.

Top 10 things 5-16 year olds say they are doing to fight climate change:

Waste recycling


Turn off the lights when you don’t need them


Donate old clothes to charity shops


Walk instead of driving


Turn off the switches


Take a shower instead of a bath


Put food scraps in a compost bin


Growing fruits and vegetables at home


Eat less meat


Asking my parents to take public transport


Almost half (42%) say they still feel confused about the topic of sustainability, with 8 in 10 (80%) wanting to know more at school about climate change and more than half (51% ) believing that it is not sufficiently treated in the course. However, children stressed that it is not just up to schools to take action to bring about change, with almost all saying that the government (91%) and businesses (87%) should do more to help families and schools to reduce their carbon emissions. footprint. With many young people already calling for climate change, the IKEA Let’s Go Zero competition will allow schools to lead by example and inspire others to take part in the UK’s zero-carbon transformation.

Entries in the competition will be judged by a panel from IKEA and the climate solutions charity Ashden, which coordinates the Let’s Go Zero campaign, alongside Marsha Smith, Country Deputy Retail Manager at IKEA, who will select four winning designs create.

Marsha Smith, Country Deputy Retail Manager at IKEA Group UK & IE, said: “At IKEA, we are committed to making healthy and sustainable living accessible and affordable to as many people as possible while inspiring the next generation.

“We are proud to partner with the Let’s Go Zero campaign, encouraging children to lead the way to a sustainable future. Small, simple changes can have a huge impact, whether it’s introducing more plant-based menus or launching a uniform swap shop. We look forward to seeing the projects and ideas that will help make schools more sustainable, while inspiring all ages to tackle the climate crisis. »

Alex Green, Head of Schools at Let’s Go Zero, said: “The IKEA Let’s Go Zero competition is a wonderful way for children to create exciting projects to help make their schools more sustainable and then see them come to life! We are delighted to partner with IKEA to make this happen and to help spread the message of climate action into schools and homes across the UK. Through the Let’s Go Zero campaign, schools work together to be carbon zero and this competition can make their ideas a reality.

Visit ikea.fr/letsgozero for more information on how to enter the IKEA Let’s Go Zero competition. Also visit the Let’s Go Zero website to register and support the campaign at https://letsgozero.org/.

Contest entries are now open and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

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