Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Is Now A Hip Lifestyle: Lagom

Couple Drinking OJWho knew that the basic tenets of reducing your carbon footprint, scattering across these Green Blizzard articles, is now a hip new Swedish lifestyle known as Lagom

Wikipedia defines Lagom as enough, sufficient, adequate, appropriate, suitable, “just right”, “in moderation”, “in balance”, and “simply perfect”. The Swedish proverb “Lagom är bäst”, literally “The right amount is best”, is also translated as “Enough is as good as a feast”.

As most of these Green Blizzard articles highlight, the magnitude of our consumption directly inflates our carbon footprint. The less we consume, the less raw materials are processed, heated, cooled, transported, and then hauled away again.

All the energy that goes into getting the product whether its a piece of furniture, the latest technology, or a food product has was is referred to as embodied energy.

Without exception, embodied energy has fossil fuel energy and CO2 emissions behind hit. Simple as that.

Products such as red meat have much, much more CO2 embodied in them than other protein sources. Certain fabrics are much more energy intensive to produce than others. As this infograph explains, every consumption decision can be “just right” It is simply a matter of thinking through each consumption decision and asking yourself, “Do I really need this, or “Is this adequate or simply perfect?”

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About the author

Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.