When the waste lasts longer than the marriage – how to have a sustainable wedding

When the waste lasts longer than the marriage – how to have a sustainable wedding

The adage goes ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ but with the startling environmental footprint of weddings, it looks like the ‘something new’ might need to be cut off that list.

Research has shown that 4,910 tonnes of unrecyclable plastic was created by British weddings last year – which is equivalent to the weight of 47 Blue Whales.

Information collected by 77 Diamonds London found that one wedding can produce as much as 20Kg of plastic waste and (ironically) the black bags used to collect the rubbish can take 90 years to break down meaning (even if the marriage goes well) the bags will probably outlive the marriage,

Some of the top offenders were named as balloons, confetti, decorations, and exotic flowers.

Diamond 77 said some of the top ways to make a wedding more ethical are: 

Eco-friendly materials: “It’s easier than it’s ever been to find a wedding dress or a suit which have been manufactured from sustainable materials. Thankfully, satins, hemp-based silks, organic cotton knitted lace and general fairtrade products are all common bases of modern dresses.”

Renting your attire: “Renting your dress or suit for your big day is also a viable option. There are loads of branded designs available, and this means you won’t be responsible for the construction of a garment which isn’t made from sustainable resources.”

Earth-friendly gifts: If you want to take a more eco-friendly approach to life beyond the wedding day itself, this is a great opportunity to get a helping hand. You can ask for gifts like solar panel chargers, bamboo toothbrushes, electric lights or even a compost bin.

Find a sustainable florist: As with most sectors, there are a growing number of florists who are making sustainability a priority. You can spot a sustainable supplier by looking for those who: Don’t use floral foam or plastic Source local or ethically certified flowers and are transparent about how they work and where their flowers come from.

You can find out more ways here: https://www.77diamonds.com/sustainable-weddings

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