Spring weddings are a great time to integrate the color green. It signifies “fresh” and “new”… and against white can make for a crisp modern look, or a classic feel.
Check out the subtle use of baby’s breath in the bouquet (it’s so sweet!), and the integration of antique lace as the “something old” is quite eco-fabulous!
Photo: Barnaby Draper Studios
The EPA lists reuse as the top strategy for reducing waste in landfills. Quilters have know the fabulousness of scrap material reuse for centuries, and create masterpieces of art and meaning with them. So I wondered what was possible with the reuse of scrap material for a green wedding or special event. Here are some fun, whimsical, and playful opportunities to integrate reuse of linens!
Feel free to send more ideas my way. This was a lot of fun to research.
1.Â Escort Cards: Perfect for the DIY bride who may have integrated customized vintage table runners into her tablescapes. From Martha Stewart .com here is a very cute way to guide your guests to their tables. Find DIY directions online here.
2. Flower Vessels: Are you like me and can’t bare to throw out (or recycle) beautiful glass milk containers, ceramic yogurt jars, and other sweet food vessels? Then reusing them with vintage scrap fabric can create a gorgeous alternative to your usual flower vases, and could be a very unique approach to your special event centerpieces. 100 Layer Cake shows you how to re-create these vessel alternatives here.
Â 3. Bunting Banner: Festive for yourbackyard or any special event, bunting banners easily utilize scrap material, old curtains, or plastic shower curtail you can’t bare to chuck away. Decide on a color palate or range of colors, find some fun scrap materials, grab your pinking sheers, make a cardboard triangle template, and start cutting! Crafting a Green World.com has directions for you online here.
4. Napkins & more: Check out this article from Apartment Therapy which has multiple uses for your home, but might be translated to an event. LikeÂ lavender sachet’s as favors for your guests, or re-creating fabric scraps as napkins!
A recent post from the No Impact Man, Collin Beavan, on turning his lights out for the summer as part of his living experiment to lead a no impact life in NYC, got me thinkingâ€¦thinking about candles. Collin and his family have sworn off practices that contribute to global warming, which for them means no electricity all summer. In its absence, the family is using candlesâ€¦but not regular paraffin wax candles which are made from petroleum oil; the family is using beeswax candles to maintain their no impact footprint.
The candle has long been a symbol of peacefulness, intimacy, and relaxation, but most people arenâ€™t aware of its origins or its toxic emissions while being burned. Paraffin is the final byproduct in the petroleum refining chain, and like most petroleum based products; paraffin candles are hazardous to our health when burned. One air quality researcher has associated soot from the candle as being the same as that given off by burning diesel fuel! Candle soot tested by the EPA found fumes to include toluene, benzene, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), and naphthalene–substances also in paint, lacquer and varnish removers and known carcinogens in humans.Not a pollution-free ambiance your creating when you also learn that the wicks may contain lead.
And what about those pretty aromatherapy candles? Ever wonder why the sides get so sooty after awhile? Well, most of the scents are derived from petroleum as well, causing the wax to soften and leading to even more nasty burning soot from the pretty candle.
I know itâ€™s hard to do, but pass those cheap IKEA candles next time and walk right on by the aromatherapy jars at Bed Bath and Beyond. When itâ€™s time to stock up on candles in your home choose a healthier option. Like Collin and his family, I buy beeswax candles for their beautiful natural smell, their ability to support local farmers, and their negative ions which help to clean dust and allergens from the air. Non-animal based options are soy candles, blends of soy and palm oil, and if you really need that scent try an essential-oil diffuser.
Remember petroleum is not a renewable resource, and in our efforts to have a sustainable future itâ€™s important to look at all the products we purchase and the industries we support in doing so. These healthy and green products are cleaner burning, longer lasting than conventional paraffin candles, and support a renewable future. Give them a try!