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A Wedding Doesn't Have to Cost the Earth

Weddings can create an obscene amount of waste. Research shows that each wedding was responsible for 20kg of waste in the form of single use plastics and a study by Sainsbury’s showed that nearly £500 of food is thrown away after each reception. 

Waste from weddings often starts before the ceremony, and sometimes even before the engagement depending on how far back you wish to trace this. Invitations, RSVPs and other stationary is often single use and heads straight for the bin. As happy couples seek to announce their engagements in style, invitations adorned with embellishments and metallic inks are non easily recyclable and carbon used for personal travel to ceremonies across the country (or globe) is truly staggering.

To reduce the waste associated with stationary, there is always the option of going electronic and E-Invitations are certainly growing, but they lack a personal je ne sais quoi. There is something special about receiving a well decorated card that sets the tone for your whole event. To ensure that your invites and wedding stationary are keeping green it is important to consider the impact non-recyclable paper has on the environment.

LittleGreenPaperShop specialises in creating eco-friendly plantable seedpaper invitations that come in a range of styles, but specific commissions are also available. Tree-free stationary is infused with a range of seeds, from wildflower to herbs, giving your guest a reason to hang on to the item a little longer and allowing them to bear the fruits for years to come.  If you collect the RSVPs from these you can even build a nice little wildflower garden in your new home.

There are some other options for the bolder amongst you, Elephant Poo card stock which is made from recycled elephant dung (dont worry it is safe) will certainly create a lasting memory and would be well suited to anyone with a special connection to animals. The dung is purchased from elephant sanctuaries of India and the profits go towards helping these beautiful animals.