ICELAND AND IKEA
Animatronic Orangutan scales Christmas tree for Iceland Campaign
Sightings of an Orangutan on London’s South bank were bound to create a stir. Worry not though, London Zoo does not have a run-away chimp on its hands. The displaced ape was actually part of the supermarket chain, Iceland’s Christmas campaign. The stunt was staged using animatronics to highlight the retailer offering the choice of Christmas without palm oil. The ultra-realistic ape, controlled both remotely and via a specialist puppeteer, made its way across the capital in search of somewhere to call home.
This campaign followed public criticism of Clearcast’s decision to ban Iceland’s Christmas advert on the grounds of it being too political – this hasn’t stopped it racking up millions of views online. Iceland Managing Director Richard Walker said: “Our stranded, distressed Orangutan is a stark and potent symbol of the effects of deforestation. We always try to give people a real choice about what they buy, and this was a key driver in our decision to allow Iceland customers to join us in saying ‘no to palm oil’.”
The campaign makes it clear that it is possible to reduce the demand for palm oil by seeking alternative ingredient solutions, whilst also gaining international recognition for Iceland in the process.
The ‘Last Straw’ for IKEA
IKEA unveiled its ‘Last Straw’ display at London’s Design Museum in a move that reflects its decision to stop selling single use plastic straws across the UK and Ireland. The installation has been designed to remind us of our collective responsibility to strive for zero waste lifestyles.
In June the Swedish furniture chain announced that it was to phase out all single-use plastic products from its stores and restaurants by 2020. “Plastic straws have become such an important emblem for change when it comes to single-use plastic, but this campaign is not just about straws,” said Ikea spokeswoman Hege Sæbjørnsen. “We want to harness people’s energy behind ditching single-use plastic straws and disposables to draw attention to the thousands of everyday changes we can all make to have a big impact on the planet”.
To ensure that the campaign maximised its engagement with the public, IKEA called for the nation to join the ‘Last Straw’ movement, encouraging people to share the small everyday actions they are taking to maintain a more sustainable life, using the hashtag #IKEALastStraw.