Design Brief

A little hello from IKEA

Thanks for stopping by! Here's a quick welcome and introduction to this year's competition.

Why do people waste so much food?

Where do you see the biggest source of the problem? Define the problem.

What aspect of food waste are you focusing on?

Waste in growing, waste in selling, waste in consuming etc.

How does it work?

Does it reuse or eliminate waste? Is it circular in its design?

Who is this design for?

Farmers, Restaurants, Individual Consumers, factories, governments, businesses etc.

Where do you imagine your design being used?

At the scale of a home, a neighborhood, a business, a city etc.

Do more to waste less

Among other initiatives, IKEA has embarked on our own journey to tackle the issue of food waste. In the last year, we have managed to reduce the food waste in our IKEA restaurants in Singapore by half. Do watch the video to see how we've done it. And we are still looking to do more to waste less. Perhaps some of your ideas may give us some inspiration!

More things to consider

'By 2050, we'll need to feed 9.1 billion people—which means we need to increase our food production by 70 percent.'

— The United Nations

'Around a quarter of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere can be traced back to the agriculture and food productions industries. Industrial-scale agricultural practices, in particular, are to blame.'

— FastCompany

'30-40% of the food produced in the world is never eaten. If food waste were its own country it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, after only China and the United States.'

— The Guardian, 2018

'By 2050, 80% of food is expected to be consumed in cities, so it stands to reason that cities should begin to participate more in local food production. To shift to a more local food system, cities need to focus on reconnecting urban consumers with food production.'

— The Guardian, 2018

'Disruptive technologies could help distribute food, wealth and data, reduce hunger and waste, and empower farmers to produce more valuable, climate-resilient and nutritious foods for their clients.'

— Juergen Voegele, Senior Director of Food and Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank, 2018

'A shift to sustainable food systems is essential. To achieve this we need progressive regulation, smart land-use governance, technology innovation, behavioural change and multi-stakeholder collaboration.'

— Marco Lambertini, Director of the World Wide Fund for Nature International, 2018

Pick your winning teams or go at it on your own

Download the template provided

Fill in the template accordingly

Register your details and upload your idea

Things to note

Ready to submit? Do take note of these pointers:

1. You must be a student pursuing education in a tertiary institution at the time of submission (31 May 2021).

2. Only one entry per team or individual is allowed.

3. You must use the template provided.

4. You are committed to see your idea through should you make it through the final.

Find out if you are eligible here