For many people, indulging in a plate of meatballs is the highlight of a trip to Ikea (as well as the frozen yoghurt, of course).
But now, the store is set to create a vegetarian version of the iconic dish that's far more sustainable and eco-friendly, as well as being cruelty-free: introducing the Ikea plant balls.
Developed with one main purpose – to recreate a meatball without the meat – plant balls have just 4% of the climate footprint of the original meatball, contributing to Ikea’s ambition to become climate positive by 2030.
Made using plant-based ingredients including yellow pea protein, oats, potatoes, onion and apple, plant balls will offer the same great taste, look and juicy bite of the iconic Ikea meatball; one that is suitable for all tastes: meatball lovers, flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans alike.
Driven by the vision to create a better everyday life for many people, Ikea wants to inspire more sustainable eating and lifestyle habits. In providing a looks-like-meat, tastes-like-meat plant ball, it hopes to make it as easy, accessible and affordable as possible to enable more sustainable choices. The IKEA plant balls will be available from 3 August.
Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager, Ikea UK and Ireland, says: “At Ikea, we are committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. In order to reduce the climate footprint of the total Ikea business, including our food business, and make climate-friendly, delicious food available for everyone, we are making sure meat alternatives are an easy, desirable and affordable choice.
"With the new plant ball we can now offer meat lovers a great tasting, more sustainable alternative – without compromising on the Ikea meatball experience that is loved by so many."
Ikea is working towards becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030. Working towards this vision, Ikea aims to reduce more greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) than it emits and ensure all products are made following circular design principles, as well as being made of renewable, recyclable and/or made of recycled materials.
And we can't wait for the plant balls – another way to live more kindly.
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