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Lockdown saw an increase in seed sales

The UK gets a Taste for a Self-Sustained Lifestyle in Lockdown

When the first lockdown limited our ability to leave home and increased shortages in the supermarkets, the UK public had their eyes opened to nature and its abundance.

Between March 23rd and July 4th 2020 Suttons, the long-established supplier of seeds, bulbs, and other horticultural products, saw record numbers of customers purchasing seeds; the top performing being beans, with a...

More of us are turning to loungewear

Six in Ten People Admit to Buying New Loungewear Last Month

Loungewear has been the proven stand out trend for 2020, with searches for the term up 162% YOY! Joggers, oversized sweaters, velour co-ords, fleece sweatshirts. These used to be the clothes we only changed into after work and wouldn’t dream of wearing to a meeting or on a date – BUT NOT ANYMORE. With 6 in 10 admitting to buying new loungewear in the last month alone , the UK’s leading...

Rats have enjoyed a bumper year breeding like crazy during lockdown

Lockdown boosts rat population to 150 million

The population of rats in the UK has increased by 30 million in a year to 150 million - boosted by quiet urban areas and plentiful waste food – there are now thought to be 2.2 rats for every person.

“They say you are only ever 6ft away from a rat – and in typical 2020 fashion it’s now more likely than ever this year!”, says Jenny Rathbone from UK Pest Control company Pest.co.uk...

Employees are becoming increasingly emotionally remote

Boundaries between work and home life are becoming increasingly blurred

More than half (52%) of UK employees agree that the boundaries between their work and home life are becoming increasingly blurred, according to the latest research by Aviva.

Aviva’s new report - ‘ Embracing the Age of Ambiguity’ - explores the impact that ambiguity is having on key areas of working life, from wellbeing and work-life balance to employee-employer relationships....

People are missing the sounds of going on holiday

Missing the Sounds of Travel?

From boarding announcements to luggage carousels, passport stamps to clicking seatbelts: airport and airplane sounds are familiar the world over. But for many this year, they have become a distant memory.

For those that are missing the familiar soundtrack of travelling, Love Home Swap has released the free compilation album you didn’t know you needed – an album of well-known ambient...

The UK is binning 53,000,000 disposable face masks every single day

53 million disposable face masks are sent to landfill every single day

The UK is binning an incredible 53,000,000 disposable face masks every single day, with reports that many face masks are ending up being carelessly discarded in the street ending up in streams and rivers.

“If you walk around any street now you will see disposable face masks being blown around with leaves in the gutter – they are the new cigarette butt – people are simply chucking...

‘lockdown loneliness’ and its impact is as high as 27% in the UK

27% of the UK is lonely in lockdown

As England is once again in lockdown, new research shows the rate of ‘lockdown loneliness’ and its impact on mental health is as high as 27% in the UK. As the NHS strains to support an increase in mental health conditions, the Flow headset and therapy app treatment for depression, the first of its type to be medically approved in the UK and EU, aims to tackle ‘lockdown loneliness’ and mental...

Study by RVC into puppy buying experiences

Puppy owners from 2019 invited to take part in national study

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is calling for respondents for its survey on puppy buying experiences both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey is applicable to UK-based dog owners who have acquired a puppy since January 2019. This ‘Pandemic Puppies’ study will compare how and why puppies were bought before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, to help build an understanding of...

Since lockdown Childline has delivered nearly 43,000 counselling sessions

Childline launches its Nobody is Normal campaign

Since lockdown measures were first introduced Childline has delivered nearly 43,000 counselling sessions about mental and emotional health, with children reaching out for help with issues including loneliness and low self-esteem.

The NSPCC, which runs Childline, can also reveal that the number of contacts about body image, gender and sexuality increased since the first national...

The British Red Cross is selling vintage clothes via ASOS marketplace

British Red Cross urges shoppers to do your charity shopping online

As its shops across England close their doors for lockdown, the British Red Cross has asked people to channel their spending power into charity shopping online.

The humanitarian charity is selling selected vintage clothes via ASOS marketplace , and antiques and collectibles via its eBay store .

The vintage clothes available on ASOS are themed each week, with recent 90s...

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