The ultimate green wedding

Keen to minimise your carbon footprint when you and your partner join in wedlock? Well, here are some tips and pointers for the ultimate green wedding.

ultimate green wedding
Keep the ceremony, reception and hotels as close together as possible. If it’s more than a stroll between venues, consider using coaches so you don’t have 50 cars all driving about. If you’re really serious, skip the bridal car and turn up in a taxi. You could even consider a traditional horse and carriage.

Invitations:

Use email for invites, set up a website for responses and to give details of directions, gift lists and accommodation. Make sure anything printed is on recycled paper.

www.greenstat.co.uk

www.recycled-paper.co.uk

 

The dress:

Most dresses use non-biodegradable polyester and are flown in from Far East factories, often with poor work conditions. Go for natural, fair-trade materials (for example, from Joanne Mackin) or get a vintage dress – and donate it to charity afterwards.

www.wholly-jo.co.uk

 

Flowers:

Most cut flowers are imported long-haul by air and are treated with pesticides and fertilizers. Go for local, organic, seasonal blooms.

 

Food & drink:

The more local, fresh and organic, the better. Insist that imported wine and food is fairtrade. But if you must have Champagne, don’t feel too bad – it doesn’t have that far to come.

www.linksorganic.com

 

Transport & Accommodation:

Keep the ceremony, reception and hotels as close together as possible. If it’s more than a stroll between venues, consider using coaches so you don’t have 50 cars all driving about. If you’re really serious, skip the bridal car and turn up in a taxi. You could even consider a traditional horse and carriage.

 

The presents:

OK, if you need the toaster and bed linen, this is your chance. But set up a wedding list with an ethical supplier. And if you don’t need the gifts, ask your guests todonate to a charity.

www.ourgreenweddinglist.com

www.oxfamunwrapped.com

 

The ring:

Mining is polluting and energy-intensive. Go for antique, secondhand or a family heirloom. Or as it is a vey special occasion you could splash out on bespoke rings such as these hand crafted by Stephen Einhorn. Not only are they created with ethical gold, but incorporate wood which has been reclaimed from the oak the Romans used to build the first London dock!

If it must be new, use recycled gold or metal, like the Platinum bands from Green Karat. If there are diamonds, ask about the Kimberley Process which ensures you aren’t buying stones used to fund wars.

www.greenkarat.com

www.stepheneinhorn.com

 

Confetti:

Paper confetti contains dyes and bleach; foil won’t break down. Go for dried flower petals, rice, or even bird seed so our feathered friends can enjoy your day too.

 

Honeymoon:

The point is to relax for a couple of weeks after all the stress of the Big Day. A cottage in Cornwall might be as good a place as any but if you must add the extra stress of flying to Florida, Barbados or Koh Samui, consider coughing up for carbon offsetting.

www.responsible-travel.org

www.climatecare.org

 

• Originally published in GreenerLiving magazine in May 2007

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peterbatt

Peter a journalist with 30 years experience of freelance writing, UK national newspaper and magazine production roles, and business development. In 2007, he developed and launched a mainstream-style green consumer magazine in the UK, called GreenerLiving, as a means of promoting sustainable change ‘within the system’. GreenerLiving closed during the post-crash recession, but Peter went on to become managing editor of the international ethical business title, Ethical Performance. However, Peter felt that the CSR sector has not succeeded in changing corporate priorities anywhere near fast enough, and so I decided to leave the treadmill of corporate employment and debt accumulation to focus on my own projects. Now poorer but a billion million times happier, he writes on political, economic and social issues – usually seriously, but sometimes as satire. He's currently writing Psychopath Economics, a book about the logic of social and economic power, belief systems, and the rise and fall of societies. Peter is convinced that ordinary people must educate themselves and exercise their economic leverage if we are to avoid social and environmental destruction.

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