What have we learned about eco-conscious consumerism?

What have we learned during 2020 lockdown when it comes to eco-conscious consumerism? - SEY cosmetics

As we finish off the first month of 2021 here are some things to think about when it comes to eco-conscious consumerism.

In 2020 there were a couple of movements, one of them was supporting small businesses and also encouraging more eco-conscious consumerism. A study done during the lockdown last year shows that 59% of consumers used more local convenience stores that remained open during lockdown. In addition to that, 57% of consumers say they will be more likely to spend money at a shop that offers locally-produced products once the lockdown has lifted. Further reading about the study here and here.

It is more than just keeping small businesses afloat; we have to see things long term. For instance, if you buy £100 worth of a product and £67 stays within the local economy, that goes into things like employee wages, their benefits and money that is re-invested into other local businesses.


We shouldn’t see the circular economy as separate from a sustainable ecosystem, It is one in the same thing. Stronger local economies driven by sustainable conscious buyers helps reduce waste. For instance, shopping locally means you can either go to your local shop on foot, by bicycle, or public transport which helps reduce our carbon footprint. By reducing our product miles, we help the environment.  Read more about reducing your food miles here

Taking the example of United Kingdom, the UK has varying policies from county to country regarding recycling and management of waste, for instance, Brighton, with the only Green MP in the nation has only just got recycling wheelie bins. The 4 nations need to come together and create strong policies and laws that work towards benefiting the environment and the people and not just focusing on capitalism and benefiting the rich minorities.

Research has shown that measures implemented during lockdown have positively impacted the air quality in different countries and also positively affected wildlife biodiversity. We need to understand how to take the positive impacts of the regulations implemented during lockdown and build some of them into our future society.

What we’ve learned in lockdown is that when the government needs money, they do find ways to get it. For years the government has been saying there isn’t enough money to invest in environmental protection but during lockdown we have seen that is not true. Now is the time to change the way we deal with investment in Green initiatives to prevent further global crises. Further reading here and here .

We must embrace responsible consumerism and be more eco-conscious with our shopping. A rich economy that focuses on eco-sustainability can help promote positive change and embed positive behaviours within its population which can help change the “norm”.

Understanding that we too form part of the natural ecosystem we can start thinking of conservation and the positive economical impact it could have. 2020 has shown us the effects of degrading our eco-system, if we don’t change our behaviours 2021 will teach us about the consequences.