Live LAGOM – those words didn’t mean very much to me until I read an email from the IKEA FAMILY team in October, inviting me to apply to participate in the nationwide project that would involve £300 worth of IKEA products, expert sustainability advice and a personal shopping session.
LAGOM is a term the Swedish use to refer to ‘in balance’ or ‘just the right amount’ – not taking too much but not going without either.
When I read the brief for the project, it seemed like something right up our alley and I applied immediately (anyone that knows me knows that I do not ignore anything IKEA!). A few days later, I got an email saying I had been successful (I did a little happy dance) and was invited to an induction session due to take place at IKEA Wembley in November.
I wasn’t sure what the induction session would be like, but couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. It was scheduled early on a Saturday before IKEA was even open (side note: IKEA with no one in it, is bliss) and so off I went, with Nusaybah in tow. She isn’t even 2 yet, but she can sense the excitement and loves IKEA (start ’em young I say!).
We were ushered in through the staff entrance and taken to the cafe where we were treated to a lovely spread. Nusaybah ate her way through the whole induction. We were also given little gift bags containing a lunch bag, water bottle (I was actually going to buy it after the induction session when I picked up a few other bits so was super chuffed!) and a lunch box – which is really great for separating different kinds of foods.
Our Live LAGOM leader Damilola took us through the ins and outs of the project and we got to hear from each other about what we wanted to gain from the project and what our current challenges are. A lot of us had similar challenges, such as:
Inability to recycle: Whether through lack of space, or facilities based on where we live
Energy wastage: Overheating homes, loosing heat through windows that are poorly insulated, not switching off appliances on standby or lights, etc.
Food wastage: Through improper food storage and lack of meal planning.
I learned so much just through our induction – swapping to LED bulbs and remembering to turn off appliances instead of leaving them on standby could save us about £60 a year on electricity bills and if everyone in the UK switched to 3 minute showers, we’d save enough water to supply 1 million homes every day! The IKEA Hidden Gems brochure has tons of ideas for products that will help you live more sustainably too and our copy has been very well used through this process!
Living sustainably is a huge part of Islam too and I realised that whilst we do quite a bit (more on that in a future blog post), there is still lots more we could be doing to reduce our carbon footprint, our bills, and to teach our children how to create less waste, recycle more and live more healthily. This is a planet they will have to live on and raise future generations on after all.
The project runs until summer next year, but I am currently nibbling on bits of dark chocolate with some herbal tea, finalising my list following a home visit from our Live LAGOM leaders. I’m excited to share what changes we are hoping to make for the new year, as well as tips for how we currently Live LAGOM!
I’d love to hear about the challenges you have in your homes. How do you work towards living sustainably?