Ikea Fixes What Isn’t Broken, Plans to Create Vegetarian Meatballs


Ikea, the land of lack tables and malm bedframes, is known for their crackalicious meatballs as much as their furniture. However, in an effort to ease their environmental consciences, the Swedish powerhouse announced plans to introduce a vegetarian alternative to their famed meatballs.

I know, you’re thinking there better be a good reason for this or you’re losing your shit. According to Joanna Yarrow, Ikea’s head of sustainability, there is. Green Business reports that Yarrow admitted during the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change event that their regular meat meatballs are the menu’s “most carbon intensive” item. This may stem from the product’s pork and beef content and it’s popularity — customers order 150 million meatballs a year.

“On methane… we are aware of the meat issue with greenhouse gases,” Yarrow explained. “We are looking at all our food products from a sustainability perspective but specifically meatballs. They are very popular and they are also our most carbon-intensive food item on our menu.”

So what does this mean for those perfect globs of horsemeat pork and beef? Ikea’s 2012 sustainability report includes trails for less carbon-intensive chicken meatballs at two of their locations. Green Business also mentions that Ikea is “seeking to adjust the traditional recipe to potentially reduce its carbon footprint.” I swear, if you touch those meatballs…

By Charisma Madarang

Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

8 replies on “Ikea Fixes What Isn’t Broken, Plans to Create Vegetarian Meatballs”

Why would I “lose my shit” over IKEA deciding to accommodate vegetarians?

They’re not replacing the original meatball with soy protein. They’re ADDING a vegetarian alternative to the menu.

yeah – who cares that meat has now been identified as the single largest reason for climate change – more than transportation! Or the fact that most of the health issues like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression and even UTI is linked to consumption of meat?
No – that isn’t broken and if somebody tries to even introduce a vegetarian alternative, let us make sure we malign them with silly taglines and sillier articles.

Couldn’t agree with you more.

I’m a vegetarian and so far I have yet to find a nice tasting meat ball substitute. This is strange, because they manage to do a good job with other products, like sausages, oh well. This is good news!

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