Even if you wear a gown made of 100% organic hemp grown in your neighbor’s backyard and made on a solar-powered sewing machine, your wedding still has a negative impact on the environment. Don’t feel bad, living your life in 21st Century America has a negative impact on the environment as well.
One way to feel a little better is carbon offsets. Basically, you figure out how big a negative impact your wedding is having. Sites like http://www.terrapass.com/wedding/> TerraPass, http://www.carbonfund.org/weddings/> CarbonFund, or http://www.carbonfootprint.com/shopweddinglist.html>Carbon Footprint have handy calculators to help you figure it out. Then, you purchase “offsets” to help reduce your pollution, and your guilt. You can either purchase these offsets yourself, or on some of these sites you can set up a “gift registry” where your wedding guests can give to the Earth, instead of to you (yes, you do still have to write a thank-you note).
So, what do you think, would you forgo some gifts in order to go green? Do you have other great ideas for making your wedding a little more earth-friendly? And most importantly, do you find the idea of green beer nauseating or intriguing?