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Being sustainable and green is no longer just a trend, but a necessity. Global warming, human waste, urban pollution, and other calamities are only a few signs that our big planet – Earth can’t cope with our daily waste anymore. According to the major science departments, the system will collapse one day, but changing our daily routine can really contribute to modify the destiny of our planet. Your house is the first place to activate a new ecological behaviour.
The colossal mass distributor company IKEA is playing the game by launching a new campaign called Lagom. The campaign is able to reach the masses not just a few followers. With its power there is a real possibility that something positive will happen in the future.
Quoting IKEA: “A more sustainable life at home should be easy. It should make everyday life better and your home more beautiful. And it should be affordable enough so that we can all start right away. It’s the balance of not having to sacrifice what you love, while not taking more than you need from the planet”. *
Lagom is a Swedish word with no direct translation into English but the concept is easily scalable to the whole world and all languages. It enclose the simple idea that changing a few habits in our daily routine can change the destiny of the world for a brighter future.
It is all about living in a more sustainable way, not completely changing the way you live, but finding a balance. It is the consciousness that you are not alone on this planet, but you are part of a community and your actions can really make the difference. We can all make a difference. Lagom involves elegance and thoughtfulness. It’s not about deprivation, it is about making the right choice for you and for the environment. It’s about taking care not to waste resources and not taking what we don’t need.
Start changing all your incandescent lighting bulbs with the more sustainable LED bulbs. Doing this means less impact on our planet and on your electricity bill (up to 20% less expensive).
Using far less energy than other lighting systems has the obvious benefit of importing less energy from the grid. This means less pressure on fossil fuels, resulting in reduced carbon emissions.
Led Lamps – Kevin by Flos
Led Chandelier – 3D Line By Vibia
Change your old appliances for new energy efficient ones. Your home appliances may be running up your energy bills for several reasons.
Lots of people still have fridges from the 1980s (or even earlier), which means they’re still using thousands of kWh every year.
Good habits for fridge/freezer: label food so you can quickly find what you’re looking for; let cool down hot food before refrigerating or freezing it, and know what you want before you open the door.
New generation appliances: Nikola Tesla by Elica
Choose the right shower head and you can significantly reduce your water consumption. You can reduce the water used for your shower by up to 40%.
You’ll save energy too. Using less water means less energy required to heat the water, so the benefits are twofold.
Good habit: take shorter showers; wash clothes in cold or cool water; turn off the “water heat” feature on the dishwasher.
Reduce the water consuption with the shower head by Grohe
Drumi, portable washing machine by Yirego
You can choose window treatments or coverings not only for decoration, but also for saving energy. During cold weather most conventional draperies can reduce heat loss from a warm room by up to 10%. To reduce heat exchange or convection, draperies should be hung as close to windows as possible. Let them fall onto a windowsill or floor. For maximal effectiveness you should install a cornice at the top of a drapery or place the drapery against the ceiling. Then seal the drapery at both sides and overlap it in the center. You can use Velcro or magnetic tape to attach drapes to the wall at the sides and bottom. If you do these things, you may reduce heat loss by up to 25%.
During summer days you should close draperies on windows receiving direct sunlight to prevent heat gain. Studies demonstrate that medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%.
Store your food properly to avoid food waste. Most people don’t realise how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. About 95% of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
Good habit: Leftovers are great, but who wants to eat spicy black bean soup five nights in a row? Make weekly dinner menus and store leftovers in the freezer for lunch for another day.
Leather made from food waste: Fruitleather Rotterdam
Baguette table by Studio Rygalik
You have not only to recycle (this should be part of our duties), but you can buy recyclable or environmentally friendly furniture. We already talked in our magazine about how designers are changing their products and design in favour of a more sustainable production process, especially using eco and recyclable materials. This is the case of Cork Furniture and Cardboard Furniture. There is also another interesting front – reclaimed wood furniture. It’s a trend that ties in with the current drive towards sustainable living, and an aesthetic that is less about perfection and more about provenance.
Reclaimed furniture by Manoteca
* Source: Ikea. http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/ikea/ikea-live-lagom/