For example, a Sultan Alsorp bed from IKEA breaks down to this: the particle board comes from Beijing, China, the plywood from Poland, the epoxy resin from Shanghai, the cotton fabric from Africa, the steel from Russia. Pulling all these parts together is a mighty feat of energy consumption -- an estimated 247.42 kilos of carbon dioxide released -- that poses a serious challenge to IKEA's green image. But, as Cheap makes painfully clear, for IKEA -- as for all low-price retailers -- cost is always the number one priority. And as Sourcemap makes powerfully clear, the real cost of this low price can be terrifyingly high.
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