Ikea Publishes New Cookbook To Help Put Kitchen Scraps To Good Use

By Caroline Lowder March 26, 2021
The do-it-yourself furniture store is now doing its part to help decrease food waste with the publication of this cookbook.

In 2018 in America alone, there was an estimated 103 million tons of food waste generated. That is the equivalent to 450,00 Statue of Liberties. If that isn’t shocking enough, it is estimated that around the globe one third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. That food waste ends up in landfills, which then contributes to our greenhouse gas emissions, and eventually to the ever-dire issue of climate change.

Cutting down on food waste sounds simple, right? Well, it’s not as easy as one would think. Throwing away one thing here and there adds up quickly. If we all worked to become slightly more conscientious about what we waste, we might witness dramatic results.

Ikea, the infamous do-it-yourself Swedish furniture store is now doing its part to help cut down on this food waste. The ScrapsBook, launched on March 18th, contains 50 recipes from top chefs around North America demonstrating how one can cleverly transform what might have been thrown out into a culinary masterpiece.

Also included in this book are helpful kitchen advice, including how to regrow chopped ends, create cucumber insect repellant, and utilize eggshells as limescale cleaner.

IKEA Canada explained the idea behind The ScarpsBook in a statement saying, ‘At IKEA, we believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. Unfortunately, it tends to be a wasteful place—but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we’ve created the IKEA ScrapsBook—a cookbook dedicated to cooking with the little things we usually throw away. Featuring 50 recipes created in collaboration with chefs across North America and waste-saving tips, all designed to help you live a little more sustainably in your kitchen.’

In an age where learning to live sustainably is more vital than ever, Ikea is among the many worldwide companies shifting to promote a more “green-focused” narrative. If simplistic ways of doing your part to make less waste are laid out clearly for the public, we might move towards a cleaner world and take the first steps towards a global effort to fight climate change.