More and more couples are trying to find a way to have an earth-friendly wedding celebration. The wedding industry is adapting to ensure that holding a green wedding will still involve the elegance that many couples want on their special day. “There are all kinds of ways to have a green wedding without sacrificing style or taste,” says Millie Martini Bratten, who is the editor in chief of Brides magazine.
How can you “green” your wedding? Try these ideas:
• Try a vintage or ‘gently’ used dress from a shop or a relative
• Dresses come in eco-friendly fabrics such as hemp, silk, organic cotton, or bamboo
• Grooms/men can rent tuxedos
Ceremony & Reception
• Consider a daytime outdoor wedding or reception – no need for electricity or lighting
• Choose locally grown or produced products – less fuel is needed to transport them
• Opt for pillar candles in glass hurricane lamps instead of floral centerpieces
• Print invitations on recycled paper
• Buy invites from companies that use wind power
• Skip save-the-date cards
• E-mailing guests about your wedding website can be a great alternative to sending out traditional paper invitations
• Choose favors that are useful beyond the event
• Make a donation to an eco-friendly organization in lieu of favors
• Consider taking an eco-tour
• Reserve trips through eco-travel agencies
• Seek hotels and resorts that recycle and reduce energy consumption
Biodynamic products are made without artificial pesticides, hormones, or fertilizers. US executive director of the Demeter Association, which certifies Biodynamic products like wine, coffee, flowers, meat, and cheeses, says that some farmers also enrich their soil with oak bark, dandelions, and horsetail hairs to promote healthier plants and animal feed.
Godiva Shampoo Bar – at LUSH, over 60% of products are “naked” (or free from packaging), including our solid shampoo bars. One bar lasts for up to 70 washes and is equivalent to three 8oz bottles of liquid shampoo. Consider this…if the entire population of the UK used LUSH’s solid shampoo bars, then the waste of producing and recycling 22 million bottles would be prevented and 6 million metric tons of preserved shampoo would be saved from entering the environment.
Charity Pot – retailing for $20.95, every penny (excluding taxes) from the sale of each pot goes directly into a fund to be donated to handpicked grass root charities and non-violent direct action groups close to LUSH’s heart. The main areas we seek to support are animal protection, environmental conservation, and humanitarian causes. To date, we have donated over a million dollars to worthy causes.
Vanilla in the Mist soap – a first in the beauty industry, LUSH is proud to announce that all of our soaps are made with a palm oil-free base. Global demand for palm oil, a main ingredient in processed foods as well as soap and cosmetics, is causing the clearing of ancient rainforests, forcing indigenous people off their land and pushing orangutans to the brink of extinction to make room for more palm oil plantations. With demand for palm oil increasing and the problem worsening, LUSH decided that the only responsible thing to do was to reformulate its products to no longer contain palm oil. LUSH worked for the past three years to develop a soap base that does not contain palm oil, and now all LUSH soaps are made with this palm-free base. The switch to a palm-free soap base has meant that LUSH has reduced the amount of palm oil they use by 133,000 pounds each year. Small amounts of palm oil still exist in some LUSH products but our inventors have committed to finding creative ways to remove the oil from our products altogether.
Find out more at www.lushusa.com.