Eco-friendly living may be a “trend,” but it is a lasting one. Now, more than ever, consumers are interested in finding ways to embrace the eco green living lifestyle. Compared to last year, Pinterest searches for “sustainable lifestyle” and “save the planet” are up 108% and 380%, respectively. People are replacing many of their most used products with eco-friendly versions. Help your customers with their efforts to “go green” by giving them the tools they need to make it happen.
Eco green living trends:
Reusable Tote Bags
One of the most popular ways to reduce waste is to replace single use plastic bags with reusable tote bags. Plain cotton grocery bags and tote bags are fun and well liked because they can be customized in limitless ways. Consumers can showcase their environmental lifestyles in playful ways, like this pretty floral globe tote tutorial.
The 100% cotton eco-tote bags can be decorated with bright graphics and fun slogans or puns.
Office spaces and coffee houses are ditching single use products and encouraging people to reduce waste by using reusable items such as mugs.
As seen with tote bags, coffee mugs are immensely popular because they can be decorated in multiple different ways. We love this “Crafte Diem” DIY mug from Tried & True Blog.
Organic Beauty Products
Eco-friendly living includes using products that are organic, made using all natural ingredients. Organic beauty products are considered to be safer for the skin, and their production creates less waste since the ingredients are natural. Lip balm has been a very popular option with consumers. People are both interested in making their own lip balm (like this DIY pumpkin spice lip balm recipe) and purchasing organic lip balms.
Environmentally friendly candles are made using natural ingredients. Not only do they burn longer, they burn cleaner as well. Eco-friendly candles typically come with less packaging waste than mass produced candles. Consumers love to purchase “green” candles, and many more are trying their hand at making their own earth friendly candles, like this DIY ocean inspired candle.
Eco-friendly shoppers have discovered the benefits of natural soap. Handmade soaps offer consumers a product that is chemical free and gentle on their skin. Soaps that are free of chemical dyes and artificial ingredients are trending. Some environmentally conscious consumers like to make their own soap.
Green Paper Crafting
The desire to “go green” extends into the world of paper crafting. Natural products, such as handmade paper or packs made from recycled paper, are in demand. Consumers are also looking for paper crafting items to use in their handiwork.
One of the biggest new trends is the eco-friendly version of plastic wrap: beeswax wrap. This easy to make item is used to wrap sandwiches, cover bowls, and to keep produce snug in a lunch box. This smart alternative to plastic wrap and sandwich bags is washable and reusable. Beeswax wrap has been a big seller for crafters, and consumers are starting to make their own, too.
Help them reduce their plastic waste and replace it with beeswax wrap by giving them the tools they need. Provide your environmentally friendly customers with items they will need to make their own beeswax wrap: a melter for the wax, cotton fabric fat quarters, and bent blade scissors.
“Going green” is becoming a way of life for many people all over the world, and this trend looks like it will be around for a long time. For more eco green living ideas, you’ll love these 11 ways to make your shop more environmentally friendly.
For more about what is trending this year, check out our post about electric blue, the hot color of the year.
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.