Planning an ethical and sustainable zero-waste wedding

We’ve seen what some people are doing wrong, but how can you combat that? Hosting a zero-waste wedding doesn’t have to be hard. Let’s discover how you can make each aspect of your big day more eco-friendly.

Eco-conscious wedding attire

Looking good at your wedding is a must. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise when it comes to your sustainability efforts. There are a handful of ways you can take a green approach while still looking the part.

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.

Choosing alternative attire

If you’re not too hung up on having a traditional wedding, there’s also the option of dressing in something which you know is eco-friendly. Encourage your guests to do the same if you really want to hammer home the sustainable theme of the wedding.

Ethical conflict-free rings

Whether it’s your engagement or wedding ring, there are ways you can ensure the precious stone you’re using has been sourced ethically.

Research the jeweller

Find out as much as you can about a jeweller before you purchase from them. If you’re not sure what to look for, try to find signs like:

  • Funding for projects in communities where diamonds are ethically sourced
  • The supporting of initiatives which ensure the safe production of diamonds and precious gems
  • Open promotion about the fact their gems are sourced ethically

Speak to them first

If you can’t find any signs of their ethical nature, there’s always the option of reaching out and directly asking a supplier where their diamonds come from.

Consider asking them to be direct with their answer. If they aren’t clear about the origin of their product, it might be wise to turn elsewhere.

Avoid areas of conflict

While most countries have developed a fair and ethical production of diamonds, some areas remain questionable.

If you want to be completely sure you’re buying a diamond from a conflict-free zone, avoid producers like Zimbabwe, Angola, DR Congo, Ivory Coast and Liberia.

You don’t have to compromise on the quality of your ring just because you’re choosing an ethical option. Many diamond retailers have made this a priority in recent years, so you’ll have plenty to choose from.

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