Planning A Wedding? Consider Lagom

lagomSo, you are starting a life together with someone. Congrats. Consider the lagom lifestyle.

Maybe in you are setting up your new combined household somewhere new, under a different roof, with new decor and an overwhelming pile of wedding presents.

As a humorous aside about an abundance of wedding presents, when I was newly married, we created an overflow box of wedding presents that did not fit with our lifestyle at that time. So we stuck it in a closet and I caustically labeled the box, “Useless Wedding Presents”, but over the next few years, the box was gradually emptied as our life evolved to utilizing them. Eventually, with a laugh at myself, I tossed out the emptied box.

What is a lagom lifestyle? Well, who knew that the basic tenets of reducing your carbon footprint, the same principles scattered across these Green Blizzard articles, is now a hip new Swedish lifestyle labeled Lagom

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

As Green Blizzard articles highlight, the magnitude of our consumption directly inflates our carbon footprints. The less we consume, the less raw materials are processed, heated, cooled, transported, and then hauled away again. All the energy that goes into the product whether it is a piece of furniture, the latest technology, an appliance, or a food product, has in it what is referred to as embodied energy. And all 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 infographic explains, every consumption decision can intrinsically have in it the right amount is best. It is simply a matter of thinking through each consumption decision and asking yourself, “Do I really need this, Is this just right, Is it a perfect fit now and in the long run?”

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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.