Can you imagine how many weddings there are in SA each year? There’s at least one wedding a weekend at many of the popular venues – sometimes more! The impact of just one celebration on the environment is magnified by thousands each year. As a bride, you can choose to ensure your wedding doesn’t produce unnecessary waste or increase your carbon footprint.
Reuse, Rejoice AND Recycle at your wedding.
The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) is a team dedicated to increasing eco-behaviours and glass recycling in South Africa. The team at TGRC believe there are many ways you can host a green celebration. TGRC suggests some tips to help you become an eco-bride:
- Ensure your venue recycles, ask ahead of time if they separate waste, such as glass bottles which can be easily recycled infinitely. Venues should have a glass bank or glass bins for empty champagne, wine and beer bottles (venues can apply for a glass bank here: www.tgrc.co.za)
- Reuse waste in a creative way; think of clever décor ideas such as reusing glass bottles and jars that can be recycled after the event
- Consider trendy glass jars to serve your cocktails, but be sure to use paper rather than plastic straws
- Minimise your use of throw-away water bottles, consider reusable glass bottles or jugs of water on tables
- Use local flora that is in season to avoid using imported flowers and consider greenery rather than expensive flowers
- Think eco-wedding favours, consider tree saplings or succulents in glass jars as living gifts or consider a packet of seeds or seed paper for your thank you notes,
- Consider a donation in lieu of favours to your favourite environmental organisation; Green Beings, for instance, do amazing education programmes teaching communities about eco-behaviours
- Consider an indigenous tree-planting during or after your ceremony – very romantic and doubling up on green points
- Make sure your venue composts their food waste – keeping their gardens lush and green at the same time
- Be sure to use biodegradable confetti, such as potpourri, bird seed, petals or herbs
Glass recycling is worth the effort!