IKEA made have ruled out plastic bags three years ago, but haven't quite figured out a clever reuse for the pencils, tape measures, and store map/aisle-bin lists that sit at the bottom of each escalator.
For that, we'll have to turn to Dutch designer Judith Delleman, who recreate an old IKEA chair using 500 tiny IKEA pencils. "As a second year student of interior design she used over 500 Ikea pencils to redesign an old Ikea chair. The seat and back she carefully outfitted with leather upholstery. “The future is in the reusing of materials” she claims and “the gold and black paint I used can give ordinary materials a luxurious look and feel”"