The world’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion people by the year 2050, which requires us to be more sustainable in our lifestyles now than ever. With that being said, here are some sustainability trends you can expect to see in 2022.

Sustainable Lighting: LED lighting will start dominating the market for its superior brightness, efficiency, and durability.

Paints and Coatings that “Eat” Pollution: A new paint and coating, which will start to be commercially available in 2022, will contain titanium oxide nanoparticles. This material is known for its ability to break down pollutants such as carbon monoxide and VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

100% Recycled Plastic Packaging: The European Union will ban the use of petroleum-based plastic by 2020, which has already started to shift its industries towards 100% recycled plastics. This trend will start to gain ground in North America too, as it is more sustainable and reusable.

Sustainable Bottled Water: Global bottled water sales were expected to reach $198 billion by 2019, which makes it a lucrative industry that is growing. However, there are concerns over the environmental impact of using plastics and gasoline to transport bottles across long distances. In 2022, sustainable community water stations will become a popular alternative as a more eco-friendly method for people who drink a lot of water.

Eco-Friendly Fertilizer: Nitrogen is used in most fertilizer, but can be harmful to the environment when overused. In 2022, soil scientists will discover a microorganism that can remove nitrogen from the atmosphere and turn it into valuable nitrogen fertilizers without releasing greenhouse gases.

Sustainable Nutrition: In 2022, the FDA will begin to investigate the impacts of GMOs on food nutrition. Companies that can prove their products are nutritionally equivalent to organic options will receive a clear health claim to enhance their brand image and increase profitability. In addition, edible insects have recently been proposed as protein alternatives to traditional livestock in the United States.

Plant-Based Meat: The European Union recently launched a new initiative that will invest around $150 million into research for plant-based meat alternatives to decrease the environmental impact of conventional livestock production. This trend will also become more popular in North America as people begin to reduce their meat intake.

In conclusion, new sustainability trends are being developed every day to benefit people and the planet, so new opportunities are being created all the time. If you want to stay up to date on these types of sustainable initiatives happening around you click here.