A green wedding reception is not about colour, but about saving the earth’s resources. There are several really easy ways to ensure you practice sustainability with your wedding reception apart from hiring a photo booth for paperless, chemical free photos. That is certainly a good start and will save on the cost of the photographer as well, but don’t stop there when there are heaps of other great ideas to implement.
Use one place
For instance, you can have the wedding ceremony and the reception at one and the same venue. This will save your 100 or so guests making the trip from one place to another. Think how much fuel that will save. You could also choose a venue that offers accommodation so that those guests who have travelled a long way to your wedding won’t have to make even more trips; they won’t even have to drive back to their separate accommodation after the reception is over. This is an especially good choice if alcohol will be available at your reception as it is for most, and if the guests are known to consume lots.
When it comes to beauty and cosmetic surgery, most women have their favourite tips and tricks to ensure they make the most of their looks. However, you may not have thought of sustainability in the use of beauty products and practices. One good thing in making a few changes is that you’ll be avoiding some of those products that contain toxic ingredients, however small the quantity.
Whatever you put on your skin is absorbed into the body, so it’s wise to be careful with choosing only products that are organic. Here are some tips to ensure your beauty regime is as eco friendly as possible.
Coconut oil is a product that can be used in many ways when it comes to both sustainability and beauty needs. It can be used as a deep hair conditioner, a facial cleanser and a shaving cream that nourishes the skin while it is being used. It can also be used as a deodorant – and to cook with.
With everything that gets thrown at the average home’s carpets, it’s no wonder that carpet cleaning Perth is a popular topic. And it’s also easy to see why there are so many different products on the market for keeping carpets clean. For those who would rather not do the job themselves, there are more different types of professional carpet cleaner services than you could count. With all of these different methods for getting something as humble and simple as your carpet back to a like-new state, people tend to lose sight of exactly what they are introducing into their homes and exposing their family and pets to in the process.
Carpet cleaning products can be made from some very nasty ingredients, and definitely not the sort of stuff you want to be walking around on every day. If you have stains and spills that you want to get rid of, you don’t have to reach for the store-bought products that are made with toxic chemicals. In fact, you can whip up your very own carpet cleaning spray at home, and use it to remove those difficult stains and dirt covered carpets.
There are plenty of ways to make your wedding eco friendly, reduce the carbon footprint it creates and generally give Mother Earth a helping hand. You can always hire a photo booth to save on the cost of a photographer and on the harsh chemicals some use in developing non-digital prints. However, one area of the wedding is really easy to go green with and that is the wedding favours that each guest takes home at the end of the reception.
Much of the time these favours are just rubbish that people don’t want. But you can make yours count in a way you may not expect and neither will your wedding guests. Here are some ways to make wedding favours not enjoyable, but also eco friendly.
Make good use of your designer label clothing by recycling them at de-brand, the latest social conscious aware enterprise to open in Vancouver.
Most people toss their used clothing into the garbage, some may give to some sort of charity, while others leave them collect dust in the cupboard, but most of them are not going to turn into collectors items. So why not recycle them?
With backing from a whole range of well known Canadian businesses, such as Lulemon, London Drugs, RBC (Royal Bank of Canada), ScotiaBank, Nature’s Path, local government and others, de-brand offers safe and secure garment recycling with a creative and environmentally responsible approach to textile and clothing disposal, even taking in used police uniforms.
de-brand is located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside which happens to be one of Canada’s poorest areas (and which sits next to the wealthy downtown business and commercial district). It is hoped that de-brand and other like-minded businesses will help revitalize and benefit the local community.
The processed fibers are reused in new products; reducing harmful textile waste that otherwise goes to landfills or incinerators, reducing pollution and helping create a cradle-to-cradle commodity process.
Richard Clarkson, an industrial design student at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, created his steampunk rotary dial version of the Smartphone to counter the omnipresent digital world we live in.
The phone has two brass dials options, a rotary or a button one. Electroplated copper and paint jazzes up (or down, dependent upon your tech perspective) the phone itself.
Just in time for Chinese New Year, Taiwanese-based company Green In Hand has designed a sustainable, low impact rice packaging for a New Year’s gift, called Together Rice.
Their packaging is made from recycled and recyclable craft paper, paper rattan and tissue paper, in a chemical-free process, using vegetable-based inks and water-based coatings and glue. The rice is from the Guan Shan Fan Taitung family, Yuli, Hualin County, Taiwan, grown under the watchful eye of organic rice farmer Tseng Kuo-chi.
Rice is a worldwide food source and tons of it gets delivered and eaten each day, so a sustainable packaging would be a great idea for larger rice packaging.
The Liter of Light Project (Isang Litrong Liwanag), from Philippines-based NGO My Shelter Foundation, wants to bring low cost light to a million Philippine homes. Around 25,000 low-income homes in the Philippines have been lit up after the launch of a scheme to fit sunlight-powered “bulbs” made from old plastic bottles. The bulbs are actually recycled plastic bottles that are fitted into the roof and filled with water containing bleach. The bleached water refracts 55W of the outside sunshine into the room during the day. Each bottle fitment costs about US$1 (€0.77). The idea is based upon a 2002 Alfredo Moser design, developed by MIT students specifically for the Philippines.
Now the people and the children can work and play inside, in the safety of their homes, and created employment for the plastic bottle bulb makers and installers.
New Zealand-based creative designer Casey Ng has redesigned the fabled fish and chip wrapper into a BoxBag combo paper bag and stiffer dish-like base, with a perforated strip between the two. Ng’s BoxBag idea sprung from wanting to combine a more modern fish and chip wrapper, but one that can still be ripped open, with a newspaper flyer inside and be disposed of like the traditional newsprint wrapper.
Inside the BoxBag, a sheet of newspaper is printed with local information, for the fish and chip eater to read and learn something about the place where they have just bought the fish and chips. According to Ng’s website, New Zealand’s iconic fish and chip shops serve up about seven million servings of chips a week, or about 120,000 tonnes a year. So his BoxBag could be in high demand, as it offers the same grease absorbing features as traditional newsprint wrapping, better heat insulation, a handy rigid bowl to hold your scrumptious fish and chips, and some local news to boot.
The BoxBag comes flat packed and can be unfurled to the length needed to wrap your fish and chips, and does not have newsprint ink like the traditional wrapper which used to leave your greasy fingers blackened after enjoying your take-out meal.
This is ingenious! Royal College of Art graduates Alexander Groves, Azusa Murakami and Kieren Jones have designed a plastic collecting ship utilizing an old fishing trawler that is re-engineered to scoop up plastic from the oceans and then sort the debris by size. A flotation tank separates out the denser materials.
If this wasn’t cool enough, The Sea Chair Project then transforms some of the harvested plastic directly into recycled chairs via an onboard chair-making factory.
“TheSea ChairProject looks to address the problem of accumulating plastic in our oceans by raising awareness and removing plastic that will continue to circulate for thousands of years,” explain the designers. “Plastic waste doesn’t sink and takes thousands of years to degrade, remaining in the environment to be broken up into ever-smaller fragments by ocean currents. As our society’s consumption grows the concentration of this plastic soup increases.”
Part of the problem is that the plastic fragments include a large quantity of what is known in the industry as nurdles or ‘mermaids tears’ – the plastic pellets that are the virgin raw material for injection moulding. Unfortunately, these lethal nurdles can be found littered on almost every beach and shoreline in the world.
“These pellets are around 2mm (0.08inch) in diameter & represent an estimated 10% of all marine litter worldwide, their small size means they aren’t picked up by waste systems and being buoyant they will float on the sea surface, taking over a thousand years to biodegrade,” they explain. “The nurdles haven’t been injection moulded yet, but rather have been lost through spillage in transit and poor storage at factories.”
The United Nations (UN) states that roughly 13,000 nurdles are floating in every square mile (5000 per sq.km) of the ocean. Resembling fish eggs, they enter the food chain and end up killing fish, sea creatures and birds. Biologists estimate that more than 100,000 marine animals and birds die each year from ingesting plastic or getting caught up in plastic and drowning.
TheSea ChairProject has been short listed for the Victoriana Time To Care Award.
Well even if your iPhone isn’t very green – at least its carrying case can be. The iPhone 4 Case is made from 100% recycled trash.
Dubbed the RE-case, the iPhone 4 Case is the first in a line of products made from a new type of material called POLLIBER, a post-consumer thermoplastic and semi-carbonized waste fiber composite that is left over from rice farming by-products.
The post-process rice husks increase the mechanical properties of polypropylene, stopping it from breaking down in everyday use. At the end of its life it can be recycled.