Swedish Family Sets Pace, Slashes Footprint

According to the One Tonne Life Project, every Swede creates six to eight tons of greenhouses gases each year. The aim of this project, as you may already have guessed, is to help everyone reduce that to a single ton (or “tonne,” in British English) with eco-smart lifestyle choices – starting with the Lindell family.

Over the last six months, this family lived in an energy-efficient wooden home (built by A-Hus) featuring solar modules from Soltecture. These modules (designed to integrate with the aesthetics and architecture of the house) provided for the family’s electricity needs at home and then some, while locally available hydropower kept their electric Volvo C30 juiced and ready to go.

Soltecture solar panels

image via One Tonne Life Project

The Lindells also made conscious lifestyle choices to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, including eating locally, varying the types of meats they ate, and eating more vegetables.

The One Tonne Project concluded on July 31, and the results show that the Lindells’ managed to reduce their CO2 emissions from transport by almost 95 percent, from food by 80 percent, from accommodation by 60 percent and in other areas by 50 percent, cutting their overall carbon footprint from 7 to 1.5 tons – a reduction of 75 percent.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • cian

      It’s not tonne in British English. A ton and a tonne are (confusingly) different weights.