When you’re just starting out as a newly married couple, having registered for things you’ll need for your new home together is an important, (and fun), part of the wedding process. But just like the wedding itself, many items you’ll be registering for are better for the environment than others. So I have a list of items you may want to look into putting on your registry in order to carry your green wedding over into your everyday life.
Of course there are some couples who’ve been living together for a while who don’t need many household items. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered in this Eco-Smart Wedding Registry post as well. Let’s get started…
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Did you know cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops? Just think of all the cotton we use everywhere from our clothes to bedding to the towels we wipe our faces with. I’d prefer something with no chemicals, thank you very much. If you feel the same and if cotton is your choice fabric….be sure to register for organic cotton bedding and bath products. Buying organic cotton is not only good for you as the end user who receives a cleaner, healthier product, but supporting such growers is also a huge benefit for the planet.
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Seeking out any kind of energy saving device will not only help you save money, it will also help you help save the environment. And now more than ever, there are products all around to help you do both! How fantastic is that? One of my favorite energy saving small appliances is the eco-friendly slow cooker. There are many makers out there who sell them, a simple Google search will provide you with all kinds of results.
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The destruction of forests around the world continues despite the education of how obliterating trees can have such a drastic affect on our environment. With this, among other items, if you’re registering for wood frames…please make sure they are sustainable wood frames.
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Did you know you can get bedding and towels made from bamboo? Yup, I just learned that one myself. And what a fantastic alternative to cotton. Also, bamboo makes for great eco-friendly bowels, cutting boards, spoons, and containers…just to name a few. Bamboo’s eco-friendly benefits come mainly out of its ability to grow and spread quickly, in some cases three to four feet per day. And that’s without the need for fertilizers, pesticides or much water. Bamboo groves also releases some 35 percent more oxygen into the air than a similar sized tree. And bamboo matures (and can be replanted) within seven years (compared to 30-50 years for other trees), helping to improve soil conditions and prevent erosion along the way. Bamboo is so fast-growing that it can yield 20 times more timber than trees on the same area.
With all of the benefits for using and growing bamboo, you should definitely make it a must-have item in your green household as well.
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Recycled glass products have come a long, long way. I mean, just look at how gorgeous the glassware and dishes above are. And as I’ve said many times before…if you can buy or receive something that looks as gorgeous as these products and be kind to the environment as well, the decision should be pretty simple.
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Having the opportunity to take a green cooking classes would be such an awesome wedding gift to receive, don’t you think? Just imagine…you and your honey could learn a little bit more about cooking for each other and how to please each other in the kitchen. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about eating healthier and in a more organic, environmentally friendly way. Win, win, win!
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This is one of my favorite options on this list. Community Supported Agriculture programs, (or CSAs), are pretty much everywhere. If you don’t know what they are, they are organizations you can sign up with to receive a box of seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, and sometimes even flowers, from local, organic farms. If you’re interested in finding a CSA in your area, simply do a Google search for one nearest you.
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If you’re anything like me you’ve realized that we, all of us, throw way too much stuff into the garbage. Personally, I’ve made some changes with food waste and instead of throwing most of it into the trash, I’m doing my best to recycle what I can back into our garden. However, it’s tough to keep such products in a plastic bag. But a stainless-steel compost pail like the one above would be an absolute dream. Keep one of these in mind for your registry if you’d like to reduce your waste as well.
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With the popularity of living organically becoming more and more main-stream, many organic wine companies are beginning to flourish. So, for all you wine lovers out there, how about registering for an Organic Wine of The Month Club?
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Growing fresh herbs and learning how to keep them thriving would be a fun addition to any newlyweds kitchen. Think you don’t have a green thumb? Never fear…if you register for a book with simple steps to follow to keep your herb garden flourishing, you’ll be onto a green thumb in no time!
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Every couple has a “Whatever Fund”, whether they know it or not. Some couples want to save for vacations, others are hoping to buy a new home or make improvements to an old one they already have. For your Whatever Fund, check out this site which allows you to set up a registry for money to pay for whatever. WeddingGreen.com
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Same as with the example above, if you’re looking to pay for your honeymoon through wedding gifts…sign up for one of the many honeymoon registries out there. Again…a Google search will get you more results that you could possibly need.
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And finally, this is probably my favorite one of all. If you’re like me and my husband…we had been living together for a while and pretty much had every household item we needed. So aside from a few items we did put on a small registry, we asked guests to donate to a charity of our choice, Habitat for Humanity, in lieu of gifts for us. This is a great way to give back to a world that isn’t always as fortunate. And there are a ton of charitable organizations out there you can do this with. Here are a couple of sites to look into if you’re interested in this. I Do Foundation and Just Give.
Oh yes, and if you haven’t checked out the other posts in this series…have a look!
Week One: Eco-Chic Wedding Gowns
Week Two: Eco-Beautiful Flowers
Week Three: Eco-Stylish Wedding Invitations
Week Four: Eco-Friendly Wedding Venues
Week Five: Selecting Eco-Smart Wedding Favors
Week Six: Providing or Encouraging Eco-Friendly Transportation
Week Seven: Eco-Friendly Menu & Beverage Options
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