Your Bridal Registry can be one of the most fun aspects of planning your wedding. Together, you get to choose the items that will decorate your new home, your new life. You browse the web, flip through the catalogs, grab a scanner and start your wish list. How do you stay committed to sustainable living and still satisfy your craving for luxurious household items? It’s easier than you think.
Let’s talk bamboo bath towels, recycled glass bowls and natural flax linen duvets. Soy candles, organic cotton sheets and cork cutting boards. Sustainable luxury. Here’s where you can find it:
Green Bride Guide has everything from recycled aluminum cookware to wooden knives to beeswax candles nestled in acorns. Branch has a great selection too. Register for cool things like a floor mat made from vintage leather belts or upcycled hydrogardens made from recycled wine bottles. How about a wine barrel lazy susan from Viva Terra or a Housewarming Cleaning Kit filled with environmentally friendly cleaning products from The Ultimate Green Store?
When Decorating your home and planning your wedding follow the same guidelines when going for a greener approach. Choose recycled, energy efficient, chemical-free, and ethically and environmentally responsible production whenever possible.
For those who don’t need a new set of sheets and His & Her towels or maybe just want to eliminate clutter, there are great options that allow you to support your favorite charity, get help with your honeymoon, even plant fruit trees in developing countries. Changing The Present, I DO Foundation(partnered with JustGive.org) and Global Giving allow you to register for a charitable gift where your guests give donations to the charity of your choice. The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has created a “Panda Page” for weddings, using your registry to raise money for wildlife and the environment. With Deposit A Gift, you create the registry for just about anything – a charitable donation, money for a honeymoon excursion, or a down payment on a new home.
Choosing eco-chic décor (Don’t forget to register for gift cards too!) but would still like to make a contribution to helping save the environment? Multiple registries are the norm so you can certainly do both! Have some fun with it and seize the opportunity to express your green values! Your wedding registry is a great way to share your commitment to sustainability with your guests. Happy Shopping!
Lisa Marie Blinn is the owner and principal planner of L. Marie Events.