The Real Cost of Ikeas Cheap Wood: Secrets of the Wood Industry

IKEA's budget-friendly furniture, often made from cheap wood, comes with hidden environmental and social costs. The company's vast supply chain relies heavily on wood sourcing from countries with weak forest governance, contributing to deforestation, habitat loss, and the displacement of Indigenous communities. Additionally, IKEA's demand for low-cost wood incentivizes unsustainable forestry practices, including clear-cutting and the use of harmful chemicals, leading to soil degradation and water pollution. While IKEA has made some efforts to improve its sustainability practices, its reliance on cheap wood continues to have significant negative impacts on forests and the communities that depend on them.

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