Ecologically responsible weddings popular in US, UK, but not here, YET!
I found this story in a brand new bi-monthly ‘green living’ mag called G, with the tagline ‘for a lifestyle that won’t cost the earth’. Editor Sara Phillips says she’s ‘unfashionably excited’ about it all!
What does G offer? In this edition:
- Clean energy: What it is, where to get it
- 44 Ecofabulous solutions: food, fashion, beauty, travel & entertaining
- Climate change: our best wines face devastation
- Renovating for sustainability
- Australia’s top 12 ethical companies
- Urban chic & eco-cool summer ideas for the house, garden & hip-pocket.
BUT, it was the carbon neutral wedding in Sydney that really caught my eye!
The bride and groom, Danielle and Angus, are apparently really committed to reducing their environmental footprint. They recycle everything, use bikes instead of cars and power their home with 100% green energy.
Friends of the couple work for Climate Friendly a company that funds renewable energy projects and they ‘led’ the process.
What exactly did they do to organise the carbon credits?
- They found out how many guests and where they were travelling from;
- in conjunction with the venue they worked out the greenhouse emissions from the electricity, food consumption and waste: 21 tonnes, equivalent to 48,000 wheelie bins (50% came from flying Grannie over from the UK);
- They worked out that one carbon credit costs $21.15, represents one tonne of CO2 and goes towards funding clean energy projects around the world which generate power but emit less greenhouse gases. For this wedding the carbon offsets came in under $500 and the 130 guests all contributed.
- The venue was the Megalong Valley Heritage Farm at the base of the Blue Mountains;
- the bride’s dress was Thai silk that used no synthetic dyes;
- instead of a gift registry, each guest was asked to bring a dish for the reception;
- they had been together for 7 years, so didn’t need household ‘stuff’, and ended up with an amazing array of dishes;
- the total cost was $10,000 ( the average Aussie wedding apparently costs around $32,000!) which included brekky and lunch for all the next day.
For more info about carbon credit you can visit www.carbonplanet.com.
I HAVE heard of people asking for big ’0′ gifts to be donations to ‘favourite charities’ but I haven’t heard of the environment being linked to weddings before – do you think it will take off here?