Swedish homewares giant Ikea claims to sell more than a billion of its meatballs globally each year. Considering the dish has been on the store’s menu since 1985, it stands to reason that Ikea is one of the planet’s biggest meatball players – which makes news of its new no-meat meatballs something of a big deal.

From next month, Ikea customers will be able to purchase a vegan version of the popular meatballs for both dine-in and takeaway. (Although the “plant balls” are vegan, in-house they’ll be served with non-vegan accompaniments including lingonberry jam, mashed potatoes and cream sauce).

The product uses a plant-based meat substitute made with yellow-pea protein, oats, potatoes, onion and apple. And, according to Ikea, its climate footprint is four per cent of the size of the regular meat-based meatball. The vegan version is going for the same price as the regular meatballs.

Ahead of the plant balls’ October launch, Ikea is hosting a series of three-course lunches and dinner events throughout September. Dubbed “Sustainable Dining: A menu better for you and the planet”, the meals will feature the plant balls alongside other (non-vegan) dishes made with thoughtfully sourced ingredients.

Sustainable dining dates

Ikea Marsden Park: Tuesday September 15, 6pm–7.30pm
Ikea Rhodes: Wednesday September 16, 6pm–7.30pm
Ikea Tempe: Thursday September 17, 6pm–7.30pm

Ikea Canberra: Thursday September24, 12.30pm–2pm
Ikea Perth: Thursday September 24, 6pm–7.30pm

Ikea North Lakes: Monday September 28, 6pm–7.30pm
Ikea Logan: Tuesday September 29, 6pm–7.30pm

Ikea plant balls are available from October 6 at all Australian Ikea stores except Richmond and Springvale. The plant balls are $7.95 for 10 or $10.95 for 15. Tickets to the dnners and lunches are limited and will set you back $25 each. Guests must be Ikea Family members.