ethical wedding inspiration – part one
Being ethically in tune and environmentally conscious when planning your wedding day doesn’t have to result in extremes such as; everything being the colour green, having a brown hemp wedding dress or vegan wedding breakfast. To be honest, there isn’t anything wrong with any of those things – if that is what you want for your wedding day and because these kinds of choices reflect you and your taste. My point is that you don’t have to go ‘all out’ and make decisions that aren’t you, to be conscious of eco or ethical elements when planning your wedding day.
There are so many small touches you can incorporate into your wedding styling and planning decisions you can make, that are kind to the environment or charitable in some way, without compromising on style or necessarily narrowing the options available to you. The best place to start is to seek out companies that sell quality, beautiful and stylish items but also have a strong eco or ethical company ethos. To kick start this do-good-style-quest, here is a list of some of the best:
In their own words, ‘Nkuku specialise in stylish, eco-friendly and fair trade gifts. Handmade from natural materials, Nkuku products combine contemporary design and the traditional skills of artisans throughout India’. Some of our favourite styling options include: the Fair Trade Tiwi Tealights, the Set of Six Zuir Place Name Holders, and a sprinkle of the Dew Drop Glass Baubles (perfect for a winter wedding). Their whole collection is so diverse and they also have a selection of items perfect for your wedding gift list, such as: the Fair Trade Daha Knobs, we love the Eva Lolita Range, especially the Eva Lolita Trays, Fair Trade Recycled Glass Food Dome and the Fair Trade Manyara Multi Photo Frame.
Beulah London, have a stunning high-fashion collection of gowns perfect for bridesmaid wear. The dresses come in a variety of rich vibrant colours and in a range of stylish cuts, lengths and styles. In their words, ‘Beulah works alongside women who have come out of the sex trade in India, involving them in the production of canvas bags with £1 of every sale going to ‘Stop the Traffik’ (a UK-based anti-trafficking charity)…The garments are being produced in an ethical factory in Delhi’. To view the full collection click here.
Ruby Wren has a wonderful stationery range made from recycled material (more specifically “ellie-poo”). ‘Our line of cards are mix of chic designs and eco-friendly materials, proving that being environmentally-friendly doesn’t mean a compromise on style!’ Many of the cards can be personalised making them great as wedding invites, wedding thank you cards or just great to give as a wedding card to a friend who is getting married. Take a look at their full range here.
The Ethical Trading Company have a diverse range of items, largely made up of beautiful accessories. The Alegra Knotted Bangle and the Hand Hammered Brass Cuff are my favourites. Not only are they very pretty but amazing value for money. The company provides ‘work to those living below the poverty line with no alternative means of income in India and Zimbabwe so people can support themselves and their families. Wherever possible they use materials and techniques that do not damage the environment to protect both people and planet.’
Green Tulip Ethical Living has a great collection of kitchen accessories that are perfect for a wedding gift list. We love the Lacquered Bamboo Bowls in a selection of colours and Bamboo Salad Servers. They’re practical items and not the kind of kitchen accessories that you’d want to hide away in your cupboards. ‘All the products we sell are either made using sustainable materials or are designed to help us live more sustainably by reducing waste and reusing more. They’re stylish and contemporary, and that have also been produced without exploiting people, animals or the environment.’
Next week, we’ll explore other areas where you can take a more ethical approach to your wedding planning!