Before Christmas we were invited to join Ikea on a mission to live lagom. Lagom is a Swedish word meaning ‘just the right amount’. In Sweden there is a tradition of having just enough. Not denying ourselves, but also not taking more than we need. I’ve always been interested in sustainability, but since becoming a parent and trying to run a new business around family life I have found myself choosing the easier option over sustainability. We really wanted to show a good example to our daughter, and so we joined Ikea Cardiff with the Live Lagom Project.
Ikea asked us to make a New Years resolution and we chose to be healthier. We have been so busy that it has been easier to pick up ready meals or get takeaways over preparing healthy food, and I never seem to find time to exercise. Ikea helped us pick products that would help us. We chose some new food storage to help with meal prep and the SKARSTA sit/stand desk, so that I could stand (or even cycle) when working. We also got recycling bins so that our daughter can be involved in recycling and some energy efficient light bulbs to reduce our electricity usage.
We have been invited back to Ikea several times in the past few months to learn more about how we can be more sustainable. We made a draught excluder out of old fabrics (which was way more fun than the time I did it in high school with the scary home ec. teacher breathing down our necks!)
On the last workshop we attended we learnt how to grow our own food in small spaces. Initially I didn’t want to do any growing, I haven’t had much success in the past and I was worried it would be really time consuming. But the workshop was really fun and made it seem so simple. We learned how to make a self-watering plant pot and also learnt about hydroponics. We were so impressed that we decided to get a hydroponics kit to grow some herbs and salads. We purchased the Ikea Vaxer system which is now sitting in our living room. It does’t take up much space and it’s great to have it with us every day. Our little ones loves to see the progress of the plants, she calls them her baby brothers.
Doing the Live Lagom project has definitely made us think more about sustainability and our impact on the planet. We now batch cook whenever possible so we always have something healthy in the freezer, and it’s great to know that even if I have a load of editing to do I can still get some exercise.
You can find out more about Live Lagom on Ikea.com