It wasn’t so long ago that music, fashion and art shocked us. Think of Sid Vicious, Madonna, The Smiths, Cyndi Lauper and Marilyn Manson, just to name a few. Music and fashion were sometimes used to express feelings about government or other delicate issues. The gothic look in fashion is another example of this expression. Things have gotten to a point where it seems nothing could shock us.
These days the shock lies in the niceness that is offered. In a time where little shocks us, the world is slowly turning towards pleasantness. Retro looks are being revisited with modern eyes. Sustainability is key, and justifiably so! If we don’t make different decisions our planet will not survive.
From fashion design to interior design, more and more designers are tapping into this consciousness. We are seeing accessory companies using raw materials from the earth such as agate, marble and stone to create new breeds of designs that capture the beauty of Mother Earth. Bamboo is now a staple in T-shirt fabrics and in home flooring.
Veganism, a term that not very many people knew about 15 years ago, is becoming a staple. More and more restaurants now include vegan options on their menu. And vegan shoe companies seem to be popping up more and more around the world. One wonderful vegan shoe company can be found in USA. They are called Olsen-Haus.
Vertical gardens are now a big trend in home decor… and what a great idea! I want one in my home! Not only does it look great, but just imagine how much time you’ll save on going to the grocery store for your greens!
Solar power is being used more and more to heat homes and swimming pools. Recycled materials such as car tires and plastic are being remade into new products. Hybrid cars have been around for a while and are starting to come down in price.
I say keep on shocking us with your pleasantness. I for one can’t wait to see more of it.
Renia Pruchnicki is the owner of a company called Truth where she designs a line of vegan fashion accessories made in Canada. She also works as a designer of soft-sided coolers and lunch carriers for a Canadian company called California Innovations.