So this is a bit of a different post from me than my usual crafting posts, but those who know me well will appreciate why. We do a lot in our house to save energy and reduce waste, and try and live slightly cleaner than society tends to want us to. How do we currently do this you ask?
- We leave nothing on stand by – ever. All our sockets are powered off with remote switches all the time when not in use, saving electricity, and saving a substantial lot on bills.
- Lights are only on in rooms we are in.
- Heating is controlled using a smart energy system (Honeywell), that zones the heating and keeps the house at a even temperature.
- We use Soap Nuts for washing our clothes – a totally natural product, and compostable when finished.
- Speaking of composting – we compost too, as much as possible
- We recycle as much as possible.
- We reuse as much as possible – pass on your old pallets to me and I will convert them into garden furniture, garden paths, decorations – and more!
I am sure there is more, but that is what comes to mind off the top of my head. By no means are we eco-warriors. But we do try to do our bit, for the environment, and for our planet. So when the opportunity came up to apply to be part of a sustainable lifestyle program Ikea were running I jumped at it. And lo and behold I was chosen.
So what is it? It more a movement and way of life, that they are calling ‘Live Lagom’. This comes from a Swedish expression ‘Lagom är bäst’ which loosely translated means ‘The right amount is best’. What Ikea is saying is that the key to living sustainably is to get the balance right. Not too extreme, and not too little. But doing your bit and in a manner that you can keep up long term.
The first step in this project was to attend a workshop in Ikea, to give us the background on the concept. The project leader, Sarah, was super passionate about the entire thing, and, along with the other Ikea workers who spoke about their experiences doing this previously, left me feeling that we can all do so much more. Sarah explained that the project would look at conserving water, saving energy through things like switching to LED’s , reducing waste, and all over, switching to a healthier lifestyle. What is not to like about that?
We were treated to some yummy Ikea snacks (thank you!)
We were then told to think about what we would be setting as our ‘New Years Resolutions’. For us in our house our biggest thing we could think of straight away was to switch to LED bulbs. These bulbs last can be six to seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent!
After the workshop, we read through the Hidden Gems book, and thought about all that had been talked about. The Hidden Gems book shows a large selection of Ikea products and their uses for a more sustainable way of living. This was followed up by a home visit. From all of this we decided on our ‘focus areas’. So the next step is planning our shopping list, with a focus on energy saving and reducing our food waste.
Disclosure: As part of the IKEA LiveLAGOM project I am receiving a shopping budget, support and information on living more sustainably in return for three blog posts sharing my honest experiences. This is not one of these blog posts, this is just one I wanted to share!