The best part is that the plant-based version emits only four percent of the climate emissions of its meat-based counterpart.
“We know that living more sustainably is top of mind for Canadians. With the new plant ball, we are proud to offer a healthy, delicious, affordable and sustainable alternative to the traditional meatball," says Danielle Beauchesne, Country IKEA Food Manager.
“We are confident that the plant ball will convince even the most skeptical meat eaters to enjoy plant-based alternatives.”
Now we have another reason to head to IKEA... not that we need any!
When thinking about ways to be more eco-friendly, there are some pieces of advice that are more familiar than others: turn off the lights at home, take shorter showers, hop on your bike or carpool. It should come as no surprise that there are plenty more opportunities to make greener choices every day.
For example, introducing more plant-based foods to your diet is a great way to help Mother Nature.
In fact, according to one study, eating a plant-based diet is the single biggest thing we can do to help fight climate change and protect the planet.
Just by switching to a plant-based diet, you can potentially halve your carbon "foodprint", use a fifth less water and cut land use by three quarters — but only 4% of Canadians know it.
While eating a plant-based diet is the biggest thing you can do to help the environment, it's not the only thing you can do.
The good news is that there are tons of sustainable, eco-friendly products available to help you help the environment. From personal care and kitchen items to dairy alternatives, you can be more eco-friendly in all aspects of your life.
Details: Since bamboo actually regrows after it's harvested, toilet paper made from sustainably sourced bamboo is a winner when it comes to sustainability.
You can get bamboo toilet paper pretty much anywhere you'd buy normal toilet paper, but be sure to keep an eye out for B Corp Certification — the only certification that measures a company's entire environmental and social performance.
Details: Did you know oat milk needs seven times less water to produce than dairy milk? According to Earth's Own, if you switch to using oat milk for one year, you can save up to 42,220 litres of water.
Voted by Canadians as the best-tasting dairy milk alternative, Earth's Own Unsweetened Original Oat Milk is made with oats grown using 7x less water than cow's milk. The oats are farmed right here in Canada, and even the carton is made from plant-based materials.
And it doesn't end at oat milk. Through their Plant Project initiative, Earth's Own also provides mentorship support and grants to Canadians to help get their plant-based ideas off the ground.
Details: Have you ever considered how much plastic gets wasted with garbage bags? The good news is there is a compostable option, and it's easily available.
Paper bags like those made by Bag to Earth are sourced from sustainably managed forests and are 100% plastic-free. Using paper bags helps divert food waste from landfills, so you can feel good about the future of your scraps.
Details: Grown using half of the water that is used when creating dairy milk, Earth's Own Almond Milk also uses 16 times less land compared to cow's milk and produces four times less greenhouse gas emissions.
If you're looking to make your diet a little greener, splash some almond milk over your cereal, mix it in smoothies, use it to make dairy-free ice cream and create baked goods.
Details: Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to the typical plastic wrap found in many kitchens.
They're softened by the warmth of your hands, creating a waxy texture that allows them to stick together much like plastic wrap. Use them for fruit, vegetables, cheese, sandwiches, leftovers and pretty much anything else you can eat!
Nature Bee's Beeswax Wraps are handmade from Vancouver Island-sourced beeswax, 100% cotton, pine tree resin and jojoba oil. They're washable, reusable, compostable and can last up to a year with proper care and storage.
By swapping out just a few items in your household for reusable alternatives, you're helping to make the planet a cleaner and greener place.
And if you can transition into enjoying more plant-based foods too — like Earth's Own's affordable dairy alternatives made of oat, almond, soy and cashew — you'll help Canadian farmers and the environment at the same time.
It doesn't appear to be the only time this has happened at a Montreal-area IKEA in recent weeks.
A tweet by @PascalProfessor from March 7 reads, "Subzero temperatures; before 10am, the giant #Montreal #IKEA has it’s humongus parking already full and a thick and tight line up going around the building to the back."
IKEA also added a note to its Quebec websites stating, "Please note that waiting in line does not guarantee entry to the store."
Lisa Huie, public relations leader for IKEA Canada, told us IKEA Montreal and IKEA Boucherville are operating at 25% capacity compared to regular store occupancy limits.
Our new Restaurant takeout option offers an easy way for Canadians to enjoy their IKEA favourites.
Danielle Beauchesne, Head of IKEA Food
According to a press release, "the new Restaurant takeout offer includes IKEA favourites found in the Restaurant like Swedish meatballs, Veggie Balls, Butter Chicken, Fish and Chips and MSC-Certified Salmon Filets."
The kid's menu is also available for takeout. IKEA has also come up with "affordable family meals" so that you can share your love of those delicious meatballs with the whole family.
After shopping, customers may place an order at a dedicated kiosk near the restaurant.
"We know that many of our customers look forward to an affordable family meal at the IKEA Restaurant when they visit our stores," said the head of IKEA Food Canada.
"We want to be there for our customers – whether they prefer to dine-in or takeout."