With data from The Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirming that the price for food and non-alcoholic beverages rose to 19.2 per cent in March 2023 – the fastest rate in over 45 years – the British public has taken matters into their own hands (and soil!). ManoMano saw sales of Grow Bags rise by 41 per cent in March compared to the previous month, whilst sales of Greenhouses also rose by 45 per cent.
In response to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, the UK has recently seen a rising demand for DIY and upcycling as people search for new ways to save money around the home. With warmer, drier, and sunnier weather on the horizon, GIY (Grow It Yourself) looks set to be the new DIY for spring and summer, with households aiming to grow their own herbs, fruit, and vegetables in their outdoor area instead of using store bought items.
As well as seeing a rise in sales of grow Bags and greenhouses, the online DIY, home & garden marketplace has also seen sales of pots, planters and raised beds increase by 45 per cent in March compared to February, whilst sales offruit trees and bushes rose by a staggering 2250 per cent.
Alexandre Lucas, category manager UK at ManoMano, comments “As well as benefiting from its cost-saving measures, households growing their own fruit and vegetables can help deliver several long-term benefits for the UK, particularly its positive environmental impact, so it is brilliant to see such demand for horticultural tools and accessories. As we enter the prime growing season, we are pleased to be able to support households starting their GIY journey with a wide selection of products and advice pages available on our platform.”