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IKEA Live Lagom

The Swedish secret to leading a more sustainable life

The small changes you make can have a big impact – that’s the philosophy that powers our Live Lagom community.

The Swedish phrase “Lagom är bast” means “the right amount is best” and we believe that’s the key to sustainable living. Use just the right amount of what you need – whether it’s food, energy or water – and leave the rest for the planet.

We’ve been supporting IKEA customers and co-workers in the Live Lagom community with products, workshops and advice to help them lead healthier and more responsible lives without sacrificing what they love.

If you’re inspired by their experiences, join the community and find out how easy and rewarding it is to #livelagom

Join the Live Lagom Facebook group to stay tuned about Facebook Live sessions with experts, challenges for us all to try, updates from IKEA and all the Lagomers’ tips, questions, and ideas.

The Lagom Collection

Inspiration for living sustainably without extra cost

Lagom means using just the right amount to live. That’s why our new Lagom Collection is filled with ideas, inspiration and tips to give things you already own a new lease of life. Reduce waste, save money and be more sustainable.

Image of an old drinks bottle that has been made into a planter
  • Image of an old drinks bottle that has been made into a planter

    Bottle plant pot

    When buying a single-use bottle is your only option, save it from landfill by cutting a hole in the side and filling it with soil. Plant your favourite seed and follow the growing instructions on the pack. You could even mount a wire trellis to the wall and attach the bottle with gardening wire.

Lagom idea

reuse a bottle
A picnic blanket made from IKEA blue bags and tea towels
  • A picnic blanket made from IKEA blue bags and tea towels

    IKEA bag picnic blanket

    Make your own picnic blanket from old IKEA bags and tea towels for a comfortable top and waterproof bottom. It takes a bit of sewing know-how so full instructions are here.

Lagom idea

upcycle bags to a picnic blanket
Old jars being used as storage in the bathroom
  • Old jars being used as storage in the bathroom

    Upcycled storage jars

    Collect large jars from cooking sauces and spreads, soak in hot water to peel off the labels, clean and air out, then use to organise your toiletries and jewellery.

Lagom idea

upcycle your empty jars
Muffin tin repurposed into a seedling planter
  • Muffin tin repurposed into a seedling planter

    Cupcake seed dish

    Repurpose your cupcake holders and a baking tray to start your home-grown salads. All you need is soil from the garden and a pack of seeds.

Lagom idea

repurpose your cupcake tray

Plant trellis made from wooden spoons
  • Plant trellis made from wooden spoons

    Wooden spoon trellis

    Gather a selection of old kitchen utensils, tie them with string to create a rope-ladder shape and hang above a planter. Encourage tomato vines or green beans to climb them for best results.

Lagom idea

make your own trellis

Patchwork curtains made from tea towels in shades of blue
  • Patchwork curtains made from tea towels in shades of blue

    Tea towel curtain

    Stitch tea towels, old shirts and bits of fabric you no longer need together in a patchwork to create curtains you won’t find anywhere else. Draw them in the evenings to keep heat in and lower your energy bill.

Lagom idea

make your own tea towel curtain

Old tins that have been painted and used for utensil holders
  • Old tins that have been painted and used for utensil holders

    Utensil pot

    Save food cans and paint your favourite colour to create on-trend pots for kitchen utensils, fresh herbs or pens and pencils.

Lagom idea

repurpose your tins

Old jars being reused to propagate green onions, lettuce and celery
  • Old jars being reused to propagate green onions, lettuce and celery

    Grow jar

    Collect jars from jams, marmalades and cooking sauces. And use them to grow spring onions, lettuce and celery from the bits at the end you might usually throw away. Soon enough, they’ll start to regrow. 

Lagom idea

repurpose your old jars

Small changes with a big impact

Make a difference without leaving your home

At IKEA, we have loads of products and solutions to help you save energy and water, reduce waste, live more healthily and save money. They may seem like small things, but that’s the beauty of small actions – they all add up.

Saving energy

The oven that made Jackie’s cakes better and her bills lower

We’re serious about helping you cut your energy usage. Our range includes LED lighting and solar home solutions, while energy-saving appliances like induction hobs, washing machines and fridges mean you can keep your costs down as well as reducing your impact on the planet.

Saving water

The simple change Lauren says saves money and her marriage

Our Lagomers discovered all sorts of ways to use less water, making small adjustments to everything from brushing their teeth to doing the washing up. At IKEA, all our showers are energy-efficient, helping you save up to 30% more water compared to regular showers, without noticing a difference in water pressure.

Waste recycling

How Indy got her five-year-old into recycling

Reducing how much waste you produce is easily done and can have a huge impact on the planet. Create customised recycling solutions that suit your home and lifestyle by using sorting bins from our PLUGGIS and SORTERA ranges. This will allow you to get organised and recycle without too much effort.

Healthy living

Dean’s breakfasts are healthy for him and his bank balance

Eating well doesn’t only have a positive impact on your mind and body – it can help the environment, too. Choosing sustainably sourced meats and opting for more plant-based products benefits the planet because these foods require fewer resources to make and have a smaller carbon footprint. 

Live Lagom brochure

Kid with a red shirt pouring water from a white watering can in a can decorated with drawings

Full of easy, affordable and fun ideas, the IKEA Live Lagom brochure is a great first step towards living more sustainably. From real Lagomer stories and tips to insights from sustainability experts, find out how making small changes can have a big impact.