The eco-conscious Blue Planet effect seems to have turned into an unstoppable movement. Many consumers (61 percent) say they now shop at outlets consciously trying to cut back on single-use plastic. Lakeland has also seen sales surge of products that help to cut down including Veggio Reusable Fruit and Veg Bags up 128 percent and Stay Fresh Longer Bags up 63 percent. Of those surveyed, 79 percent said they now actively recycle.
This year that brought us social media sensations Mrs Hinch and Marie Kondo with nearly a quarter (23 percent) of those canvassed saying they now made an effort to tidy or clean on a more regular basis as a result of these two influencers, with young people aged 18 to 24 twice as likely as that to say they had caught the decluttering and scrubbing bug.
Even though there are a modest 600,000 vegans in the UK – less than 1 percent of the population – the rise of flexitarians, and carnivores trying to cut back on meat, has meant sales of vegan food have surged this year.
But when it comes to Christmas dinner, long-held traditions are holding sway.
A mere 0.9 percent of people will be cooking an entirely vegan festive meal.
A further 9 percent say they will be cooking a vegetarian meal, despite 16 percent of people saying they had a vegan or vegetarian in their family.
We’re not just serving up food on our dinner tables, we’re using them as a stage set to serve elaborate theatre and there has never been so much kit available to mount a production.
Nearly half (47 percent) of people say they invest in a different table theme or colour each year and two thirds (65 percent) say they will have at least two different table looks during the festive season.
Monopoly is now 80 years old and was first when people were asked what games they like to play over Christmas with 47 percent of those aged 18-24 saying they will get a board.
Christmas is a time to switch off which may explain why the traditional board games still hold sway for so many families during the festive period.
Monopoly, card games and quizzes beat – by a long distance – electronic games such as Fortnite, Fifa or Minecraft.
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Japan, with capital Tokyo hosting the Olympics, looks to have its cuisine to the fore, predicts Lakeland which is tipping its World of Flavour Sushi Maker to do well.
As the eco and vegan march continues, people are opting for more conscientious cleaning products choices too.
Wilton’s Botanical Range, which includes a laundry liquid, fabric softener, washing-up liquid and kitchen and bathroom cleaners, is made with vegan-friendly, plant-based, biodegradable formulas and sold in recyclable bottles made from recycled plastic.
The dinky, rechargeable FoodSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealer, is designed to help reduce food waste, allowing quick and easy vacuum sealing of leftovers, or anything needing to be kept for longer.
With its tiny footprint, it’s just as effective as larger, space-hungry vacuum sealers but takes up far less worktop space.
“We’re a nation of passionate – and increasingly eco-conscious – cooks, bakers and cleaners,” says Lakeland’s managing director Catherine Nunn.
“This report provides an in-depth look at the state of the nation’s homes. We’ve examined how social media sensations like Mrs Hinch change how we clean, the rise in popularity of healthy eating and the ‘Blue Planet effect’ that’s seeing more and more of us searching for alternatives to plastic.”