Green weddings are becoming more popular as a result of things like global warming, and trying to reduce one’s carbon footprint and cruelty to animals, etc. If you find yourself with the overwhelming task of trying to plan your wedding, all while trying to maintain environmentally friendly and sustainable standards, then you’re just in luck, because the following tips will easily help you save money and reduce harm to the environment as you search for a wedding dress.
Often times, many white wedding dresses just like white coffee filters, toilet paper, or other items in stores get their super-white color from a toxic chemical process using bleach. Opting for an off-white dress, or an entirely different color altogether is a lot more sustainable, and will also help set your wedding apart from others. You might consider choosing a non-chemically treated, all natural, or earth-friendly fabric including organic cotton or hemp.
Support Fair Trade
Another great way to be more sustainable is to purchase your wedding gown from a company that produces fair trade. Fair Trade practices often include providing good wages for workers, safe and healthy working environments, adequate employee benefits, fair hours, health care, and using eco-friendly resources and materials.
Buy Local Or Secondhand
Supporting a local designer, shop, or dressmaker in your area can save you a lot of money and hassle. Not to mention, you’ll be paying money back into the local environment this way. Other things you might try are borrowing a dress from a loved one, (perhaps using mom or Grandma’s wedding dress as your something borrowed) afterall it has more sentimental value. Or you might even try shopping secondhand for a used dress. There are plenty of recycled and/or used dresses for an eco-friendly bride to choose from.
When all else fails, do it yourself. Whether this involves buying a simple, more affordable dress and adding a few details yourself, or opting out of a dress altogether, for something more casual and unique, these are still great ways to reduce and save money at the same time!
Bleach & The History of Whitening Fabrics – www.madehow.com/bleach 8 Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress Designers You Should Know – www.eco-chick.com