Way back in September, I received an exciting email from IKEA - I had been selected to take part in the third year of their Live LAGOM project! Lagom is a Swedish philosophy meaning 'just the right amount', and it's a way of living everyday life while considering sustainability. This could mean reducing waste, saving water and energy, or just generally living a healthier and happier lifestyle. I had only recently moved into a rented flat with my boyfriend, Spencer, so I couldn't wait to get going with the project. After all, it's the first time I've ever had to be fully responsible for all my own household bills, energy consumption, waste, and even home decor!
My first introduction to the Live Lagom project was an induction evening at my local store. Izzy, our leader for the project, asked us to consider making a New Year’s Resolution centering around sustainability and the idea of Lagom, and this would give us a focus and goal for the year long project.
I spend a lot of time in my flat, as I work from home, so my main resolution is to make the flat much more warm and cosy in an attempt to stop me from just turning on the heating! I’d like it to be a much more comfortable and homely environment, as well as hopefully keeping my energy bills low too.
I also decided I needed to rethink my recycling situation - we didn’t have anywhere in the kitchen to store recycling. We ended up in a situation where we didn’t want to throw recyclable materials away, but also didn’t have anywhere to put it.
As part of the project, each participant has been allowed a £100 budget to spend on products which IKEA deems to be sustainable - this covers a broad range such as food storage, LED lighting, hydroponics kits and so much more. When it was time for my personal shopping session with Izzy, I had already made a list of items I was considering (safe to say I was super excited!). Here’s what I got: