The trend of ‘green dating’ is gaining ground in India as people are making more value-based dating decisions and there is a growing appreciation of outsiders for park walks and pandemic-driven alfresco dating.
Data from Bumble, the first dating app for women, shows that ‘environmentalism’ is one of the top value interest badges for Bumble profiles in India. In fact, of those who recently added value interest badges to their dating profiles, more than a quarter (28%) selected ‘environmentalism’.
Research by Bumble last year also found that following the lockdown, single Indians are now planning to ‘keep active’ on first dates with a walk in the park or an outdoor picnic. According to recent research by Bumble, a walk in the park or neighborhood was one of the top choices for ideal first dates for single Indians.
Samarpita Samaddar, India Communications Director, Bumble, shared: “Compatibility is key in building healthy and equitable relationships, which is why we want to empower people to openly discuss the things that matter to them. We added interest badges to profiles so you can showcase your lifestyle, values and causes that you can champion such as environmentalism, human rights and feminism, among other social causes.
“Despite the challenges, we have seen many positive dating trends from the pandemic, and ‘green dating’ is one that we expect to continue in 2022. Now more than ever, people want to connect with people who share Their values and priorities. It’s encouraging to see people think about how the environment is important in all aspects of their lives, including dating.”
Get creative with these tips and be ready for your next date:
eco-friendly gifts If you want to send a gift to your connection or partner, perhaps a reusable coffee cup would be a thoughtful and eco-friendly surprise for your date. You can also choose from a wide range of indoor plants to gift your date!
Outdoor Picnic: Planning an outdoor garden picnic is a sure way to impress your eco-conscious date. Be sure to prepare everything in advance to allow you to relax and enjoy the moment.
Continuing IRL Date Spots: From bars with a zero-waste ethos to restaurants that keep their produce seasonal and low-impact, you might be surprised how many opportunities there are to support local, sustainable hospitality businesses while searching for your partner.
Dates for walking or cycling: Instead of a fairly obvious, but typical stroll through the neighborhood how about taking your date to a local hidden gem you’ve been dying to share? The two of you can also choose a cycling date to reduce your carbon footprint.
Join Beach Clean Drive: Keeping our beach clean has never been more important. You can get to know each other as you play your part in the fight against plastic pollution.