Updated: Apr 26
Since the beginning of 2020, ‘sustainability’ searches have seen a 37% increase. This is a clear indication people want to shop sustainably, check out some of the trends we expect to see this year.
The 100 Mile Dinner
The 100-mile dinner, is a meal where each ingredient is sourced from within a 100-mile radius. This has huge benefits for local economies as it helps local farms, inspires strictly seasonal eating, and promotes a more environmentally sustainable food system.
Just like how nutritional content is on the packaging of food, consumers also want to know the environmental impact of their purchasing behaviour. Calculating the carbon footprint of an individual product is no simple matter but global giants like Unilever and Nestlé are considering carbon labelling as they know that it is what consumers want.
Sustainability is at the top of the agenda in the fashion world, as consumers are becoming more responsible in the choices they make the fabrics business produce are becoming more important than ever.
Eco-fabrics are materials with the best green credentials so lookout for products that are being made from plants like bamboo and hemp. These 2 plants really can save the world, they grow anywhere, creating jobs and are replacing oil, coal, and wood. Meaning fossil fuels stay in the ground and the trees stay in the forests where they belong.
Now bamboo and hemp are being used in over 50,000 products.
Pay as you feel
Over 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced globally is lost or wasted every year, if one fourth of this was saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.
Our friends at The Real Junk Food Project use the Pay As You Feel concept to utilise surplus food, educate the general public, and campaign against global issues that food waste creates.
They intercept surplus food from a wide range of places that would have otherwise gone to waste and turning it into nutritious meals that they sell to local communities on a Pay As You Feel basis.
Investors ranging from global institutions to individuals are now taking a sustainable approach to investing.
Investing sustainably is also good business. A $1,000 investment in Tesla made in 2010 would be worth more than $36,000 as of Feb. 4, 2020, according to CNBC calculations.
Obviously, not all investments give returns like Tesla but more and more wealth management organisations are offering socially responsible portfolios allowing you to align your investments with your values.
In addition to going vegan and convincing her family to stop flying, Greta Thunberg practices what she calls "shop stop." It means you don't buy new things unless you absolutely have to.
So except for things like underwear and footwear it is perfectly doable to only buy second-hand clothes or even rent.