According to The Green Bride Guide, the average wedding produces 400 POUNDS of garbage. Can you believe it? Flowers, invitations, decor – most elements are used once before being thrown away. Here are some easy eco-friendly switches to consider making to reduce the amount of overall waste you’ll produce.
Rice Paper Confetti
If you’re planning to do a petal toss after your outdoor ceremony, consider using rice paper confetti. It falls to the ground slower than petals, and the best part is it’s water soluble. For easy clean up, run a hose over the fallen pieces and it dissolves into the earth!
This has become very popular this year with couples looking to have a zero-waste wedding. Consider using plantable paper for everything from your invitations to favors. The paper is still beautiful and it has seeds your guests can put into soil to grown their own flowers. This is such a beautiful way for your guests to remember your wedding day.
Go Digital With QR Codes
With everyone on their phones these days, you can drastically cut down on the number of items you print. Use QR codes for program ceremonies, signature drink signs, or menus. QR codes are easy to set up and you only have to print one or two, rather than one for each of your guests. This will also be better for your budget too!
Pick Your Candles Carefully
Many candles are made of paraffin wax which are oil-based candles that have gone through chemical processing. Instead, choose 100% beeswax candles that are environmentally friendly, completely natural, and perfect for your zero-waste wedding. If your florist or decorator doesn’t carry beeswax candles, always ask if they’d be willing to help you make the switch!
The ideas mentioned here are a few of many. Our favorite part about this list is they are all easy swaps to make! If you’re on the hunt for more zero-waste wedding ideas, consider working with one of our wonderful wedding planners to help you execute your vision.