About Recycled Bride
Greener gifts for your best girls & guys!
Choosing gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen is a fun part of wedding planning
. Bridal party gifts show your appreciation for the friendship, support, and wedding-emergency rescues provided by your attendants. And thoughtful, personalized, sustainable presents are a great way to express love to your peeps and the planet.
The very greenest gifts are charitable donations, or "experiential" gifts, like massages or concert tickets. But many brides and grooms prefer to give attendants something special that they can treasure and keep as a memento of their big day. So here's a list of some of the best resources for eco-gifts to suit every budget.
It all starts on Etsy, a bottomless treasure trove of beautiful handmade gifts. Hypothesis
makes great 100% recycled leather wallets for guys and girls, almost all priced under $20. The designs are sophisticated, the leathers are high-quality, and the look is rugged, vintage
cool. EcoBLING Couture
makes fabulous one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and bracelets from recycled and reclaimed jewelry. EcoBLING's founder gives broken and unwanted jewelry new life by refashioning it into gorgeous new designs that cost only about $30 each. Miele Melograno
makes stunning jewelry in her all-green
studio using recycled gold and silver. Find some of the most beautiful earrings around in her shop, for $20-$100, or ask Miele to custom design a pair to match your maids' dresses
. And finally, for a super affordable and personalized gift, check out Jesse Janes Pendants
. Printed on recycled Scrabble tiles, they're just $5.50 apiece, and come inscribed with cheeky phrases and cool graphics.
After you've spent a few hours getting lost on Etsy, check out Hovey Lee
for socially and environmentally responsible jewelry. Hovey Lee sources and creates her jewelry according to Fair Trade standards, caring not only for the environment, but for the people who are involved in the process. Besides ethically sourcing new gemstones, Hovey Lee's Los Angeles studio uses components extracted from vintage jewelry to create new designs with reclaimed and recycled materials.
Recycled Bride's fave groomsman gift of 2009, Sonic Ties
, will blow your mind. Made by artist Alyce Santoro from recycled cassette tapes, these ties don't just look sharp, they actually produce sound! At $120 each, they're not cheap, but they'll do double duty as groomsmen's gifts and wedding day attire.
is a great source for green goodies, from bamboo bathrobes to Fair Trade jewelry to natural body and bath products to designer reusable shopping bags. Gifts for guys include cool recycled messenger bags, bachelor-pad ready recycled art works, and all natural handmade shaving soaps from the Napa Soap Company. Girls will love the cashmere shawls and fashionable Fair Trade clutches made in Peru.
Do you have any favorite sources for great green gifts? Post in the comments and let us know!
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