Itâ€™s Stylish to Be Green
By Nancy Liu Chin Designs,
|I love the goal of the website Organic Living. It is devoted to
inspiring people to live a more conscientious lifestyle, improving the
world we live in for the better, by thinking green.
This growing trend
is spreading throughout various industries, from organic grocery stores
to apparel manufacturers and beauty products. An example of this is
Whole Foods, one of the world's leading retailers of natural and organic
products. Companies, like Whole
Foods, understand that people want to live a healthier lifestyle
and want products that are better for Planet Earth.
When it comes to weddings this same 'organic' approach is catching on. Catering
companies, such as,
Rising Sun Catering, are separating themselves from their competitors by
offering only sustainable food on their menu. In addition, many corporate events
have recently challenged me to create environmentally friendly designs.
Here are seven creative ideas on how to turn your event into an environmentally
1) Plant Crazy: I love the use of plants as centerpieces. There are so many
wonderful, blooming plants, such as, hydrangeas, azaleas, and succulents that
make a striking statement on a tablescape. The best thing is that guests can
take them home and replant. Now that's a green ideaâ€¦couples can save a little
money for their pockets and by not throwing away expensive flowers and their
guests can enjoy more blooms long after the wedding day.
2) The Seeds of Love: We can help our planet by planting more flowers and trees
so why not send guests home with bulbs of your favorite flowers or a tree in a
box packet. Itâ€™s a unique idea and thoughtful idea, with an environmental bonus.
3) Fruity: One of the top trends this year is the reemergence of fruit in
fashion. How about taking this idea and adding it to your 'organic' wedding.
Replace paper place cards with 'organic' small apples. On each apple you can tie
a small note thatâ€™s hand-written (and save the ink) on recycled paper.
4) Just like Mom's: As a special treat, swap out the traditional cake with a
cookie bar consisting of homemade 'organic' cookies. You can find many wonderful
'organic' recipes online or visit a local organic bakery shop, like
Miette Cakes who uses the freshest
local, organic ingredients.
5) Light My Fire: I recently was introduced to Soy Candles. These candles are
made from soy beans and last twice as long as petroleum-based paraffin candles.
Soy candles are non-toxic, less likely to trigger allergies, easier to clean up,
and leaves less residue and soot. In general, they are better for the
environment. Due to their growing popularity, you can find many different
sources for soy candles. I especially like the 6 oz. soy candle in a travel tin
that you can find on Candles by
Claudine. As favors, they are a creative idea as gifts for guests.
6) Buy Locally, Save Globally: You can ask your floral designer if they can buy
your flowers for your wedding from locally grown organic growers. Many designers
have access and buy from these sources regularly. By buying from certified
organic local growers, youâ€™ll be putting green into the regional economy and
thinking green globally.
7) Leaving Las Vegas: Perhaps incorporating all these ideas into your wedding is
difficult but you can still stay at hotels that are environmental friendly or
take the week and volunteer at your favorite charity. As they say giving is
better than receiving.
All green business names are links!