Let me save you time and money: don’t buy the Stanley cup. In fact, don’t buy into anything TikTok makes popular.
Actually, go for it if that’s what your heart desires, but my point is that if a purchase is only made because it’s ‘trendy’— it’s not worth it. Trend cycles move way too fast due to the high usage of social media, and it’s harmful to everyone and the environment.
I mentioned above the phenomenon of the Stanley cup; it just recently became a popular water bottle due to its size and fancy handle, but it’s future is written in the stars along with a previous trend: the Hydro Flask.
There’s no denying it’s a functional item, but its popularity has faded and has now been replaced by the Stanley cup as the new ‘it’ water bottle. So, it’s better off to leave these items on the shelf and make do with something you already have since they will inevitably lose their sparkle anyway.
This goes far beyond water bottles too. For example, the fashion trend cycle is a viscous one, especially with fast fashion into the mix. Consumers are constantly chasing the newest, coolest trend from Dr. Martins to crop tops and whatever else social media promotes. At the end of the day, the top you just bought goes out of style and your wallet suffers as you buy its replacement.
It’s best to ditch the chase and live carefree of the newest trends. Think of the mental health aspect: if you base your worth on having trendy clothes, you’re never going to be in a state of peace. Checking social media will have to be a constant in your life in order to stay in the know, and trust me, it’s good to take a break from that stuff.
Not to mention, these trend cycles are incredibly harmful to the environment. The overproduction and consumption of clothes leads to more in the landfills. Instead, take the time to learn how to love yourself and your own, unique fashion taste that has nothing to do with fashion trends.
Not to mention, these trend cycles are incredibly harmful to the environment. The overproduction and consumption of clothes leads to more in the landfills.
Now, some of the products promoted by influencers could simply be good recommendations for effective products. If you just so happen to need a good water bottle at this time, it doesn’t hurt to by the one everyone swears by works. However, the problem lies in buying replacements for products you already have that still work. That is overconsumption, and it’s harmful.
Those promotions from influencers also usually come from a place of greed as they could be paid sponsorships. Who’s to say those products even work? Do your own research before blindly purchasing products.
It’s okay to live without the newest trends. They’re usually overrated anyway.