Eco-Friendly Wedding Gifts: Make a commitment to each other and to the Earth

This is definitely not your mother’s wedding registry! But with sustainability and environmental awareness at an all-time high, a gift registry can be the perfect way to set eco-friendly intentions for your relationship. We’ve gathered the best gifts to get friends and family involved as you and your future spouse decrease your carbon footprint while furnishing your home.

BREEZE COUNTERTOP COMPOST BIN

A no-brainer for a green couple committed to saving the planet

The Breeze Countertop Compost Bin is convenient and effective. Patented technology make it both odor and fly-free. A specially designed lid can hang from the bin’s edge to give you easy access while keeping counter surfaces clean. It’s small enough to fit under
counters or in cabinets. The Container Store, $19.99, containerstore.com.

RSVP BIOBAGS COMPOST PAIL LINERS

The gold standard of compost bags

Pail liners made from the compostable material Mater-Bi so they can take care of food scraps and other biodegradable waste naturally. GMO free, these bags fit most kitchen compost pails. Bed, Bath and Beyond, $12.99, bedbathandbeyond.com.

HERB POT WITH TRAY

Grow ‘em yourself and eliminate waste

Your sunny kitchen windowsill is the perfect place for herbs, and this set of three pots is perfectly sized to fit. Each pot is faced with a front slot for pre-printed labels marked basil, parsley or thyme, yet they can be customized by slipping in a label of your own. The matching tray keeps all of your herbs together for an organized look. One caveat – there are no draining holes. William Sonoma, $29.95, williams-sonoma.com.

GARDEN JAR HERB KIT

Kitchen greens, no watering can required

Perfect for the person who often finds bundles of wilted, forgotten herbs in the back of the refrigerator. Save the parsley with easy-to-use garden jar herb kits. Cut your herbs while you cook! Modern Sprout, $20-100, food52.com.

S’WELL WATER BOTTLE

Drink to your health

Nothing is less eco-friendly than plastic water bottles, right? This beautiful bottle will not only make you look good, but feel good, too. Each stainless steel S’well bottle is painted to imitate wood and is perfectly unique. The bottle keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12, and the material is non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA free. Amazon, $35, amazon.com.

WOMEN’S DELUXE CRUISER BIKE

Reduce your carbon emissions and get some exercise while you’re at it

Whether riding to the local coffee shop or commuting to the office, Phoenix’s pedal-friendly weather makes biking an obvious and healthy habit to take up. This mint-green-painted bike with its beautiful embroidered saddle adds style to your ride, while you
improve your health and do your share for clean air. Amazon, $204.66, amazon.com.

NEATFREAK LAUNDRY DRYING RACK

Cut down on the electricity bill and save your delicates some wear and tear

Smooth out the kinks in the way you clean with 19 feet of hanging space that airs and dries out clothes, leaving you wrinkle-free every day. Quick-and-easy assembly allows for compact storage. Macy’s, $29.99, macys.com.

UNPAPER TOWELS

Make a colorful statement in your paperless kitchen

Rather than churning through paper towels, use these reusable towels for everything from wiping spills to drying your hands. The set of 16 is made from a linen/cotton blend fabric (machine washable) and edged in a variety of cheery colors. Food52, $40, food52.com.

FRESH VEGETABLE STORAGE BAGS

An easy, earth-friendly way to extend the life of your produce

We’ve all been there: you open your crisper drawer and discover the saddest, squishiest carrot rolling around all alone. Vejibags are here to save that carrot from its rotting fate! These 100-percent organic cotton bags (a super-soft french terry) are one of the easiest and earth-friendliest ways to store produce so its stays fresh and crispy longer. Food 52, $60, food52.com.

EARTH WEDDING CARBON OFFSET PACKAGE

Reduce the footprint of your big day

Weddings can be taxing to our Earth’s natural resources and create greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s Earth Wedding Package offsets three metric tons of carbon emissions and 5,000 gallons
of water for every 10 guests at the wedding – that’s the estimated water and carbon for travel and meals on the special day. BEF, $40, blueprintregistry.com.

Product descriptions taken in part from company websites.

 


 

FLOWER THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE WITH PLANTS

By Danielle Coletto

One of my favorite 2018 wedding trends is the use of potted plants. From the ceremony to the reception to favors, potted plants bring life and charm to any space, and they meet
all the requirements for an eco-conscious wedding. First, choose your favorite plant, whether it be flowering or succulent. Potted to match your theme and decor, the plants can line the ceremony aisle, making it feel as though the bride is walking through a garden. The pretty pots can then be moved and reused as centerpieces for the reception,
adding beautiful live greenery to the dinner tables. After the wedding, they become gifts that are given to wedding guests as a favors and also to the happy couple as a symbol of love’s beauty and growth.

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Danielle Coletto is the owner of Events by Danielle, which offers comprehensive global luxury wedding design. Her meticulous attention to detail and discerning eye for romance ensures that while other wedding planners may offer something merely memorable, your event will be unforgettable.

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