With climate change and environmental threats being on the rise, many couples have turned to “zero-waste” weddings in order to reduce their environmental impact. Instead of contributing to the waste that most weddings inevitably create, zero-waste weddings focus on re-purposing and re-using as many items as possible, cutting down on the materials that end up in landfills.
If you’re looking to have a wedding that’s environmentally conscious, here are some eco-friendly strategies and tips you can incorporate.
Choose a Venue with Sustainability in Mind
The venue of your wedding is where a large part of your environmental impact takes place. If you’re looking for a venue with sustainability in mind, consider venues that use eco-friendly energy sources, such as solar power. Natural elements can also play important roles in helping reduce waste, such as having an outdoor wedding or utilizing an indoor space with large windows to let in light and reduce energy consumption. You should also discuss recycling and composting services provided by the venue to avoid allowing any waste to end up in a landfill.
Focus On Re-Usable Materials
Whenever possible, opt for materials that can be re-used such as ceramic plates and glassware instead of disposable plastic utensils. Vintage or second-hand items add a unique touch to the décor and reduce the amount of new items being used. You can even find second-hand dresses and suits, along with décor such as furniture or decorations that can be re-purposed again after the wedding.
Say “No” to Straws and Balloons
Straws and balloons are two items commonly found at weddings that are difficult to recycle or dispose of properly. Ultimately, these items end up in landfills or floating around in the environment as litter. Instead, consider using bamboo or paper straws, or opt for reusable cups for drinks.
Generate Less Paper Waste
Wedding invitations are a key part of any wedding’s planning, however they can also be a major source of paper waste. To cut down on paper consumption, consider sending your invitations electronically or opting for recyclable paper. Another way to reduce your paper waste is to avoid disposable confetti or decorations, which can end up being thrown out amidst the celebration.
Gifts and Favors That Don’t Go to Waste
As a token of appreciation, most couples opt to provide favors and gifts to their wedding guests. Avoid providing single-use plastic or disposable items, as these will only add to the waste. Instead, think of items that can be re-used, such as potted plants or a donation to a charity. If you plan to give out food, choose items that are wrapped in biodegradable packaging or wrapped in reusable cloth.
By incorporating these zero-waste tips, your wedding can be both beautiful and eco-friendly. With the right planning and consideration, you can avoid adding to the waste problem and help reduce your overall environmental impact. Get inspired and make the best of your special day, knowing that you’re doing something great for the planet.