Today is Blue Monday, and if you don’t know what that means, Blue Monday is a term that has been used to describe a day in January that is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Based on weather, average finances in January, and distance from the holiday season.
So rather than worrying about all the things you can’t change and counting down the days till payday, let me distract you with some good news that’s been going on in the world of thrifting and sustainability!
- Renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, are becoming increasingly affordable and accessible. This means that it is becoming easier for individuals and businesses to reduce their carbon footprints and reliance on fossil fuels. Renewables provided 40% of our energy in 2022
- Many countries, cities, and companies have committed to becoming carbon neutral or net zero in an effort to combat climate change. This involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions and offsetting any remaining emissions through activities such as planting trees or investing in clean energy projects.
- There has been an increase in the adoption of environmentally-friendly practices and technologies, such as electric vehicles, energy-efficient appliances, and sustainable agriculture methods. More than 265,000 electric cars were registered in the UK in 2022, that’s a 40% growth from the year before!
- Secondhand shopping is becoming more popular and mainstream, with more people opting to buy secondhand items as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to new ones. 30% of people say they are buying more used than new since this time last year.
- The growth of the secondhand market is helping to reduce waste and the environmental impact of consumerism, as it keeps items in use for longer and reduces the demand for new, resource-intensive products. Resale is expected to double in the next 5 years, according to Forbes.