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FuturistU > Tactics > The 18 Megatrends > Module 7 / 7

The Divergence Megatrends

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Innovations in Fashion
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The final module in the 18 Megatrends course is on Divergence, which focuses on anti-mainstream trends. Divergence is a Pattern of Opportunity that is all about going against the grain. In order to provide something truly unique, brands must lean toward the unconventional.

Divergence Megatrends include Authenticity, Many-to-Many, and Personalization. Ultimately, these Megatrends all represent major shifts in collective consciousness, such as rethinking reality, shifting to a peer-to-peer economy, and redefining luxury to focus more on products made specific to one's needs. Take the first step to revolutionizing your industry with this module.
Related Trend Report: Innovations in Fashion
Workshop Questions:
1. What opportunities for personalization could be integrated into your offering?
2. What about your brand or product could come off as disingenuous?
3. What steps can you take to bring consumers together?
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Canned Soap
Cosmetics brands are using aluminum cans to aid sustainability efforts
Trend - Self-care products are being offered in aluminum cans to enhance sustainability. Often coupled with refillable designs, these cans reduce packaging costs and are nearly infinitely recyclable. Additionally, the resilience of aluminum packaging simplifies shipping and logistics systems.
Workshop Question - How could your brand benefit from circular packaging materials, such as aluminum or paper?
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Kids Cosmetic
Makeup marketed toward Gen Alpha consumers is adapted as this demographic ages
Trend - To cater to the emerging Gen Alpha consumer, cosmetics companies are designing more sophisticated cosmetic lines. These products strike a balance between age-appropriate formulations and the high-end appearance favored by this demographic, influenced by trends on social media platforms.
Workshop Question - How can your brand cater to the evolving preferences of Gen Alpha as they become mature consumers?
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Luxury Infancy
Luxury skincare brands are entering the baby skincare space with organic products
Trend - Brands are launching luxury and designer skincare collections for newborns and infants. These products have easy-to-understand, short ingredient lists for safety and transparency. Brands position these products as better solutions for ensuring the healthy development of babies.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage the growing demand for premium products and services in the baby care space?
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Sustainable Passport
Brands adopt digital product passports to encourage eco-friendly practices
Trend - Brands are debuting digital records that provide information about a product throughout its lifecycle. These records include details about the product's lifespan, from production to recycling guidelines, and help consumers understand the sustainability of the product to inform purchasing decisions.
Workshop Question - What measures can your brand take to guarantee the responsible and ethical disposal of its products?
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Transparent Retail
Sustainable retailers highlight their initiatives and impact in-store
Trend - Sustainable stores and eco-friendly in-store initiatives are making the impact of their products clearer to their customers. These brands are using receipts, labels and displays to highlight production and sourcing processes--catering to the growing demand for transparency from businesses.
Workshop Question - How can your brand create trust with its customers via in-store experiences or initiatives?
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Sustainable Canadian Retail Expansions
Sustainable Canadian Retail Expansions
The Toronto Allbirds Brick-and-Mortar Store is Eco-Friendly
Sustainable lifestyle brand Allbirds is opening its first ever Toronto store, and second location in Canada on August 10th. Located in the heart of Yorkdale Shopping Centre retail complex, the store... MORE
Environmental Cost Receipts
Environmental Cost Receipts
ASKET's Impact Receipts Measure Water Usage, CO2 Emissions & More
Swedish clothing brand ASKET is tackling modern consumption habits by introducing The Impact Receipt, which provides customers with a detailed breakdown of the environmental cost associated with... MORE
Eco Big-Box Retailer Initiatives
Eco Big-Box Retailer Initiatives
The Target Zero Initiative Helps Shoppers Identify Sustainability
The Target Zero initiative is being launched by the brand as a way to help shoppers more easily locate the products that are in line with their sustainability goals when shopping either online or in-... MORE
Carbon-Conscious Oat Beverages
Carbon-Conscious Oat Beverages
These Vegan Beverages for Kids Label Their Carbon Footprint
Nude. and Mãe Terra Produtos Naturais e Orgânicos—two B Corp Certified companies—teamed up to create oat-based vegan beverages for kids with cartons that display carbon footprint information.... MORE
Environmental Impact Product Labels
Environmental Impact Product Labels
L'Oréal Product Impact Labeling Ranks the Brand's Products
The L’Oréal Product Impact Labeling is an educational initiative by the brand to help provide consumers with ample information related to how a product affects the environment. The labeling... MORE
Medical Electrolyte
Electrolyte-based supplements and drinks come with additional medical benefits
Trend - As the demand for "clean" ingredients enters even OTC medicines, health and wellness brands are positioning new electrolyte-based products as medicine for mild ailments. These products are purported to treat everything from headaches and nausea to sleep regulation.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize "natural" sourcing and positioning?
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Consumer Marketplace
Brands are launching first-party storefronts to connect consumers to others
Trend - Brands across multiple industries are launching consumer-to-business-to-consumer (C2B2C) storefronts. C2B2C offers consumers discounts on products and enables consumers to sell unwanted products while the business handles transactions and verifies the quality of listed items.
Workshop Question - How might your brand benefit from connecting its consumers via an online marketplace or forum?
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Circular Pivot
Longstanding brands turn to refillable products to appeal to the modern consumer
Trend - Established brands in cosmetics and F&B are using the demand for sustainability as an opportunity for customer retention. Evolving into circular busines models with reusable packaging and refills offer lower costs and promise a sustainable purchase, while increasing the chance of repurchase.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better evolve with the needs of the modern consumer?
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Web3 Cannabis
Cannabis brands create metaverse-based experiences and events
Trend - Cannabis brands are expanding their digital footprint by creating experiences or hosting events in the metaverse. Brands in this space are offering everything from metaverse-based cannabis testing labs to virtual dispensaries.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize experience for its customers?
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Minimalist Hair
Hair care brands prioritize minimalism in the same way some skincare brands are
Trend - With minimalism in skincare being popular in reaction to the several-step routines that were overwhelming or inacessible to many consumers, brands in the hair care industry are following suit. Minimal ingredients and products in lines are on the rise as brands look to prioritize simple yet effective routines.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make purchase decisions less overwhelming for customers?
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