Being green or living the green lifestyle has become the a trendy go word when explaining the way you live or the way you are trying to live. Like a new catwalk dress that a famous designer has just produced or the latest gadget to hit the high street. But is it really just a trend that is on every ones lips at the moment or is this way to live going to stay around for the years to come? I ask this because when I started this journey to live a green lifestyle was not trendy, when I told people what I was trying to do and the changes I was making they looked at me as if I was an old age hippy and now 3 years down the line every-ones trying to live a green lifestyle. I am not saying its a bad thing by any means that more and more people are changing the way they live to be kinder to the environment and protect or planets sources. But I do wounder sometimes if it is just the latest trend that people have jumped on or is green living moving is forward and going to expand more and more in peoples lives as the years go on.
I know sometimes my brain goes into over drive but its these questions I ask myself that make me have sleepless nights, unsettled days until I have fully answered the question I am asking my self. So over the last few day I have been doing some research in to green living today (2015) i to answer my own question. The answer is yes / no. Yes green living is the latest trend but no green living is here to stay and will only expand to the point where everyone will be trying to live a greener lifestyle in one way or another. How did I come to this conclusion? Well several things really and here are a few of them.
Green Living Is Moving Forward At A Very Fast Pace And Here To Stay
- Restaurants are becoming more sustainable in the raw ingredients that they source to add to their menu. Watch out for more sustainable fish, seafood options and responsibly raised / free range meat and poultry served with locally produced ingredients being added to your local restaurants menu. Not only this more and more independent restaurants are partnering up with charities to decrease food waste, enable them to compost sustainable and conserve energy, water and other resources.
- The food waste debate is tending fast this year with more and more consumers wanting to reduce the amount of food they waste and the amount of packaging they send of to landfill. The Britain-based Waste and Resource Action Program reported that an average British family throws away £680 worth of food annually, with a total of £12bn of food going to waste in Britain each year. This food waste trend is on the decline with Consumers not only starting to look at the way they buy their food to reduce food waste (save money) but also consumers are taking note at the way their food is being packaged and how much waste this is creating. After all packaging as a price tag attached to our food as much as the food inside the packaging has a price tag. Although the mighty giants in the food industry are slowly cottoning on to how their consumers are changing the way they shop to save on food and packaging waste, more and more this year are changing the way they are package their food. By producing suitable, generally smaller packaging formats and the availability of reusable packaging for food the food they produce are being found more regularly on supermarket shelves month by month. This trend will only increase through out 2015 and into the following years and we will see more and more recyclable, sustainable packaging hitting the shelves in our supermarkets.
- Consumers are demanding more locally, ethically and environmentally produced products in their local independent stores and high street shops as they become more environmentally and health conscious aware. These products are any thing from DIY, Furniture, Transport and Clothing. More and more companies are answering to this demand and as a result you will see more and more green products hitting the shelves in your high street over the coming year
- Electric cars are taking over the way we travel to work, with this technology moving faster than ever the big major car manufactures have responded by producing affordable hybrid vehicles and Nisan has taken the lead producing one of the most popular electric cars, the Nisan Leaf. In 2013 there was only 3,500 electric cars sold and in 2014 that number increased to 15,500, with 2015 looking to double if not quadruple that number. But not only have car manufactures have taken into account how we are changing the way we look at our cars, car parking companies, supermarkets, shopping centers have all added electric charging points to their car parks to help customers charge their cars while they shop.
- Urban farming becoming popular as people are becoming more aware of how their food is produced, they are turning to their back gardens to grow vegetables and raise chicken. But its not just people who have gardens that are changing the way they look at food. Families living in flats are turning windowsill’s and balconies into mini gardens, growing vegetables, salads and fruit.
- Consumers are demanding more locally, ethically and environmentally produced products in their local independent stores and high street shops as they become more environmentally and health conscious aware. These products are any thing from DIY, Furniture, Transport and Clothing. More and more companies are answering to this demand and as a result you will see more and more green products hitting the shelves in your high street over the coming year.
These are just a few examples of what I found, while doing my research and there are loads more out there that this post would go on and on like a never ending book. Its great that green living is going to grow stronger and stronger over the years making big corporate business start listening to what we want and how we want to live to protect our the most beautiful planet we live on.
Where do you see your self on the Green Living trend?
Are there any green trends out there you are watching, wondering if they are here to stay?