Are you shopping for that eco-fabulous gown you’ve always dreamed about? You’re not alone…and thankfully the designers are catching on! The ever-so-savvy eco-bride these days seeks a gown thatâ€™s truly a perfect fit — not only physically, but one that reflects her sense of style, and most importantly, her personal values. A brideâ€™s gown makes the ultimate personal statement, and thanks to the incredible array of dress styles, fabrics, and creative resources available now, thereâ€™s no reason to sacrifice style for going green at your wedding.
So, what does your wedding gown choice (and any clothing choice, for that matter!) have to do with the planet? A lot. From the growing or making of the fiber, to the toxic chemicals used in bleaching and dying of the fabric, to the discarding of products after their useful life has ended, textiles leave a significant environmental footprint. For example, Environmental Health Perspectives claims that cotton accounts for a quarter of the pesticides used in the USA. According to MoreThanWaste.com, in 2006 the UK textile industry produced 2 million tons of waste, 3.1 million tons of CO2, and 70 million tons of waste water. We are all hopefully aware by now of sweat shop labor, which still poses an issue in our clothing choices. Read more about the environmental and social impacts of the garment industryon their site!
Thankfully, a range of new (and “old”) options offer you the chance to reduce the environmental and social impact of your wedding dress, through reuse, reconstruction, or new eco-effective designs.
For a new, yet perfectly eco-fabulous option, Natural Bridals offers stunning gowns made from hemp and silk. We love the Alyssa, a full Princess gown with beautiful layering to create a sexy, unique look. Designer Morgan Boszilkov is committed to offering designer label green gowns, while contributing 5% of her profits to organizations that support that environment.
If youâ€™ve always dreamed of that Vera Wang gown for your wedding, donâ€™t fret- you can still be an eco-savvy bride. Scope out Bellancora and PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com for â€œworn onceâ€ designer gowns at affordable prices. If you do decide to purchase a new gown, be sure to go socially responsible…try Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit bridal boutique who donates to the education of New York City children. Dresses are donated to them by top designers, stores, or individuals and prices are up to 75% off original retail. After youâ€™ve enjoyed your gown, sell it again, and give your dress more chances to shine in its life cycle.
For an eco-couture approach, Annatarian works with brides to develop their custom dress, using vintage and organic fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art. With an obvious passion for the planet, designer Anna Mkhitarian utilizes “eco-effective” design, which is based on giving back to the environment, and creating no waste in the production. Check out more of her reconstructed bridal designs online.
If you need some assistance, Vibrant Events has customized green wedding packages you can choose from now. Contact us for a conversation about how we can help you create a celebration that truly reflects your values and your style!