Assembly Required: IKEA Takes On Food Waste With 'Scraps' Cookbook

Assembly Required: IKEA Takes On Food Waste With ‘Scraps’ Cookbook

Bringing sustainability into the kitchen, furniture giant IKEA wants you to reassemble food from scraps.

Here’s an IKEA assembly project that you might not hate: making vegan bacon out of banana peels. The home furnishings giant is furthering its sustainability commitments by tackling food waste. The new cookbook, “ScrapsBook” is available as a digital download and features more than 50 recipes made from kitchen scraps.

“We believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we gather, share, and celebrate on a daily basis. So it’s not surprising that, because of how much living we do there, the kitchen is where the most waste is produced — especially
food waste,” the cookbook intro reads. “It’s so easy for us to buy just a little too much food and have it end up in the compost or the trash. Almost everyone has done this at one time or another, so the kitchen tends to be a wasteful place. But it doesn’t have to be.”

The cookbook is released by IKEA Canada, and features recipes from chefs including Trevor Bird, Craig Wong, and Adrian Forte. The book includes recipes like “Forgotten Vegetable Stew,” “Wild Rice Pancakes,” and “Pulp Burgers,” made from leftover juice pulp. The cookbook also includes tips for reusing inedible waste, like how to start composting and how to minimize storage waste in the kitchen.

Assembly Required: IKEA Takes On Food Waste With 'Scraps' Cookbook

‘Cooking WIth the Little Things’

“This cookbook is dedicated to cooking with the little things we usually throw away. Or, as we like to call it, ‘scrapcooking.’
Scrapcooking is about finding the beautiful possibilities in that banana peel, radish top,” the intro reads, and make the most of everything available to you. It’s little things like these that can add up to make a big difference.”

The book launch comes after IKEA’s recent announcement that it’s working on a sustainable city in Sweden, where it’s headquartered. That project will aim to improve food sustainability by producing and selling locally.

Food has played a major role in the company’s sustainability commitments. It aims to make half of its cafe menus plant-based by 2025. It’s already making the shift with its famous Swedish meatballs. It’s also added vegan hot dog options that cost less than its animal-based versions.

“Our homes and the way we live have a huge impact on the planet, our health and well-being,” the book explains. “This is why we’re committed to creating a better everyday life for the many people, and why we believe those lives are truly better when they’re lived sustainably. It’s a principle that we’ve always strived to follow — from how we operate as a business, to how we create and evolve our products over the years. We believe it all comes down to the big difference that comes from small changes.”

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