Sustainability is mainstream. The surge in environmentally-conscious businesses, products, and activities is great news for our planet. Plastic-free shops are opening in every town around the country, flights are being replaced with slower alternatives, and zero waste culture is growing. Coupled with widespread green movements, such as the infamous Extinction Rebellion protests, the environment is vogue.
This means that many styles and trends gaining traction are those with sustainability in mind. The general public not only want to support a more environmentally-friendly culture but they want to be seen doing it too. Everything from reusable cups, metal straws, locally-sourced and home-made products are each becoming emblems of pride to be shared on social media.
This year, we have faced tough challenges, especially with the international pandemic that has kept many of us under lockdown. However, the period has also prompted some interesting and new sustainable trends.
As soon as the pandemic hit, our supermarkets were flooded. Unfortunately, many people began stockpiling food and necessities, leaving shelves empty for those in need. Soon after, local farms began to notice a huge increase in demand for delivery services.
Many local growers offer weekly boxes of their seasonal products delivered to homes. As more people began turning to home deliveries, farm box demand went through the roof. These services are an excellent way to eat locally-sourced, fresh and seasonal produced while having it delivered to your home. If you managed to find a farm still able to keep up with demand, be sure to sign up!
There’s a Swedish word, flygskam, which means flight guilt. After years of European flights costing less than a dinner for two, people are starting to feel the guilt involved with the huge carbon footprint of flying. Instead, they’re now looking to travel inland and explore the UK.
Finding quiet patches of beautiful countryside, climbing mountains, and staying in log cabins have each become desirable escapades for a staycation. People want to get away without the guilt of flying and are now relaxing on Cornish beaches and hiking in Wales.
Second-Hand is Best
Your ethically-made t-shirt is cool. Even your vegan shoes. However, when considering the cost of their production, buying first-hand products is still a cost to the planet. Instead, second-hand shopping, rentals, and swapping is the preferred way to go.
Charity shops, clothing rental stores, and borrowing from friends, is the new way to go. Instead of buying a new dress, even a sustainably-made one, for a fancy event, renting one is far better for the planet. Using sewing machines and hand-stitching to repair old clothing, especially when compared with buying new products to replace them gives you far more to shout about on Instagram.
Do It Yourself
DIY is an old phrase but it’s one that’s taken on new meaning. No longer is it solely associated with building birdhouses. Instead, it’s used for everything. Want sourdough bread? How about building a new extension on your home? Even growing vegetables! More people are questioning activities that have long seemed reserved for professional. As online classes and education videos become more widespread, and more people are working at home, many activities are getting the DIY treatment.