Planning a sustainable, green wedding
By Katie Kelly Bell
A wedding is a celebratory kickoff to a lifetime together. It’s about a sustainable union, so why not make the whole experience a celebration of sustainability? It’s not as difficult as it used to be, largely due to an ever-expanding list of companies and purveyors striving to meet the demand for eco-conscious events. The wedding will be even more meaningful when you can rest assured it’s also environmentally friendly, cruelty-free and socially conscious. The best part? Having a clean conscience doesn’t need to bankrupt the newlyweds. Today, sustainable nuptials are easier than ever to pull off with reasonable expense. Use our guide to steer your celebration in the right direction, and layer it according to your needs and budget.
Photos: Joanne Hudson Basics
Photos: Core Bamboo
Also consider consulting with a local farmer for wedding florals. Many flowers are often imported from developing countries with poor labor conditions and heavy pesticide use. With enough advance notice, many farmers will allot garden space and grow the flowers of your choosing (provided they are amenable to your local climate). Check around for florists who can provide organic, locally grown seasonal florals. Of course, if you have piles of free time, you can also grow your own or use silk florals (see our DIY feature, “Plastic Fantastic” in our Summer 2010 issue).
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For your décor and dishware, use bamboo containers for centerpieces and compostable potato-based cutlery. Joanne Hudson Basics sells elegant bamboo- and sugarcane-based products and offers several lines of earth-friendly, biodegradable tableware and utensils. Afterward, you can put everything back into the earth with a clean conscience. Another green company we love for a DIY reception and gifts (for the couple and for tokens of appreciation) is Core Bamboo, which sells a full line of well-made, FDA-approved both natural and colorful bowls, serving pieces, kitchen tools, chopping blocks, bread boards and cutting boards made from 100 percent organic bamboo. Craft a centerpiece that guests can take home such as: giant baskets stuffed with fruits, spreads of tomatoes and peppers in an array of colors, or recycled glass jars of jam tied with ribbon stacked in pyramids and labeled with each guest’s name. Tree Beginnings sells eco-friendly wedding favors online. The possibilities are endless.