Have a green wedding and do the environment a favor!
You’d be amazed by how much garbage and waste a wedding can produce. Everything from food boxes to empty wine bottles to discarded invitations and programs to paper napkins! It’s up to you to do what you can to reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint by reducing waste. How can you do that?
Here are a few simple tricks to help you reduce waste from the beginning–starting with:
Your wedding invitations are usually sent out on paper, which means a lot of waste! Instead of using fancy, expensive paper, why not use recycled paper and envelopes? It’s much greener than regular paper, and though it’s a bit more expensive, it’s a great way to reduce waste.
DO NOT send out invitations via email. It’s tacky and tasteless! Send out paper invitations, but have the guests RSVP via email or a website.
When you register for a lot of gifts at your local supermarket or department store, really what you’re doing is asking people to buy you things that are going to generate a lot of waste. Think of all the boxes, plastic, and wrapping paper that will go into the gift.
Instead, go online and register at a “green” bridal registry. These are populated with eco-friendly items, all of which are shipped out in eco-friendly packages and boxes.
If you’re going to register at department stores, only get the things you really need. Avoid the “wants”, as you can always buy them yourself later. Scan only the eco-friendly items.
Bonus: Ask for charitable donations in your name. You won’t receive any gifts, but it will be your way to give back.
In Part 2, we’ll look at how you can go green with your wedding clothing and rings…