It’s no secret that most traditional-style weddings are not that eco-friendly. From all the paper products and single-use items to the plastic wedding favors that guests likely throw away or leave behind, weddings can wreak havoc on the environment without even trying.
And although it’s unlikely couples are intentionally creating waste and large footprints (of the eco sort), it’s important to consider the environmental impact each part of the wedding will have when planning for the big day.
For a general idea and practical tips, you can read my blog post on how to have an eco-friendly wedding. But for this post, I’m getting more specific with the kinds of eco-friendly wedding favors you can give that both your guests and the planet will love and appreciate.
Related: How to Have an Eco-friendly Wedding and Eco-friendly Wedding Send-off Ideas
Reusable bags help cut down on plastic usage
and can be found nearly everywhere, from your local grocery store to online
retailers. And there are different kinds of bags you can choose from: canvas
tote bags, shopping bags, cooler bags, waxed canvas bags (that look like
old-school paper bags), foldable storage bags, and the list goes on. They come
in all shapes, sizes, and styles, so you’re sure to find some that your guests
will enjoy using.
Gifting your wedding guests with local goodies
like coffee beans, sweets, or savories helps support local businesses, gives
your guests a taste of the region, and lowers your carbon footprint since the
products don’t have to be shipped long distances.
Did you know that Americans alone go through about 500 million plastic straws a day, most of which end up in our precious oceans? In an effort to cut down on single-use products, many places are banning the use of plastic straws as a starting point. Help your wedding guests get ahead of the curve by giving them reusable straws made from stainless steel, silicone, or bamboo. They’re travel-friendly, easy to clean, and in the bamboo straw’s case, can be tossed back to earth guilt-free.
Bamboo is an amazing natural product because
it’s sturdy and grows in abundance. Plus, when you purchase products made from
bamboo, you don’t have to worry about them taking up space in a landfill for
years to come. A set of bamboo coasters – personalized, customized, or simply
styled – would make for a great eco-friendly wedding favor.
Reusable Dish Scrubbers
Think about all the dish sponges you use and
toss within a month. Now think about how easy it would be to purchase a few
twine, crochet, or recycled material dish scrubbers that you could clean and
use over and over again. Extend that eco-friendly favor to your wedding guests
by giving them reusable sponges. You can find them in all shapes and styles on
Etsy, so you may even be able to match them to your wedding theme and colors.
Pinecone Fire Starters
For a more seasonal, eco-friendly wedding
favor, consider setting out a few baskets filled with pinecone fire starters.
You can find them in scents like lavender, cinnamon, vanilla, and pumpkin
Travel Mugs/Reusable Water Bottles
Everyone can use a water bottle or travel mug.
Find them in your wedding colors or go the extra mile and personalize the
bottles/mugs if you have a small guest list. People love personalized items and
reusable bottles are a practical gift that you know will get used.
Beeswax Food Wraps
It might not sound like a glamorous wedding
favor, but they’re definitely eco-friendly and beat the alternative plastic
food wrappers most consumers use. They’re zero waste, reusable, antibacterial,
compostable, and 100% plastic free! Plus, you can find them in packs of
different colors and styles, giving them an aesthetic edge over their plastic
Most people don’t consider how much of an
impact their toothbrush has on the environment, but all that plastic adds up
and creates waste that’s toxic to our planet and wildlife. Bamboo to the
rescue…again! Just like other bamboo products, the toothbrush handle can be
easily composted, unlike the plastic handles on regular toothbrushes, and does
the tooth-cleaning job just as well.
Forget those single-use dryer sheets that are
made of synthetic materials. Instead, introduce your wedding guests to natural
dryer balls made from wool. They’re environmentally friendly and do a much
better job of reducing drying time (they absorb larger amounts of moisture),
reducing wrinkles, and softening fabrics. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic and can
be reused hundreds of times.
Dryer balls and toothbrushes are probably the last things your wedding guests will expect to receive as thank you gifts, but I’m betting they’ll appreciate them more for their eco-friendliness and practicality. Because who really wants another keychain or koozie with a wedding date plastered on the front?
Looking for ways to make your wedding a bit more eco-friendly? Let’s chat!