Ikea seems like the place to go for people looking for cheap furniture. The Swedish company owns and operates 349 stores in 43 countries and had total revenue of over $28.5 billion in 2013.
Such a large company, whose products are almost all partially made of wood, is bound to use quite a bit of it. Indeed, the retailer uses 1% of the world's entire commercial wood supply, which amounts to about 17.8 million cubic yards of lumber.
Ikea is very conscious of this and is doing a lot to become more environmentally friendly. The company has a long-term goal to have all of it's materials come from forests that have been sustainably managed and harvested.
Idea wants to have 50% of it's wood to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council by 2018, and currently have 25% of their wood certified this way. They also participate in several forestry projects aimed at improving the company's environmental impact, such as Sow a Seed and WWF.
Whether you're a fan of Ikea's furniture or not, there's no denying that they're doing their best to be environmentally friendly and reduce their environmental impact.