There are a few weddings FYB will be featuring in the next few months where couples chose to use stylishly sustainable dinnerware as opposed to the typical china we see at most wedding receptions.
So this got me thinking, I wonder how many people out there even know about sustainable dinnerware, let alone using it for a wedding?
Sustainable dinnerware has been around for a while, however it is a relatively new idea for the wedding industry. And although using such products may not be for everyone, it’s definitely something to consider if you’d like to reduce your carbon footprint with your wedding.
What is sustainable dinnerware?
Plates, bowls and utensils made from nature are considered sustainable dinnerware. It is an alternative to regular dishes which waste water, and to disposable paper and plastic plates and utensils which end up in land fills.
With sustainable dinnerware no trees are ever harvested or cut down. No chemicals, waxes, dyes or additives are applied. And no harmful toxins are used to make the products.
These products are made simply from fallen leaves and water and are completely compostable. And with the lovely neutral palettes with which these products are made, an endless array of stylish table designs can be created.
An important note to remember about these products though: These plates and utensils not meant to be thrown in the regular trash or recycling. These products are designed to be composted in a garden where they will breakdown into the earth naturally within two months. Happily, they won’t leave behind any toxic chemicals and even better, you might even be helping the soil, as these often release nutrients as they degrade.
However, you should be careful not to add too many plates at a time to your compost pile. Because of this, (depending on the size of your guest list), you should have a plan for where you want to compost. Meaning, if you have 200 guests, be sure you have a yard big enough to handle all that waste or arrange to divide the products up and send them home with several “eco-conscious” friends and family who can compost them as well.
Some other great mentions: Compostable plates require less energy and fossil fuels to be manufactured, making it even easier to reduce your carbon footprint. And perhaps one of the most important things for those who have small children, (or for those like me who are maybe just clumsy), these products are completely unbreakable, which makes them a great addition for parties.
Finally, everyone agrees that we must do our fair share to take care of our planet. This has never been more important that right now as temperatures rise and our lifestyles wreak more havoc than ever before.
Luckily, there are changes we can all make to our daily lives to reduce the effects of global warming and the use of chemicals responsible for depleting the ozone layer. In planning your wedding, these issues should be no different, in fact, they should be at the forefront of your mind.
As always, thanks for stopping by!