Gallery: GREEN WEDDING GUIDE: Gifts & Favors

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Welcome back to Inhabitat’s Green Wedding Guide! So far in this summer series we’ve covered eco-friendly jewelry, locations, invitations and now we’re bringing you our tips and suggestions for eco-friendly gift giving. Favors, gifts and registries are sometimes thought of as the bane of a green wedding. It can get overwhelming to plan details of sustainability into an eco-friendly wedding — let alone find meaningful gifts that aren’t a load of eco-guilt. Some fight the gift giving, but giving and receiving is fun, and there are many easy ways to make wedding gift exchanges more environmentally friendly.

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  1. Elizabeth Nichols September 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    You’ll also find “green” items at large department stores. I found many items and listed them on my wedding registry. Since you put together your own registry you will have a little more control of the gifts you will receive.

  2. hteague September 25, 2009 at 10:55 am

    What a wonderful article on eco-friendly wedding favors & gifts! It’s exciting to see more eco-chic choices available to “green” brides. In the spirit of using our business to affect positive social change, we were also inspired to offer a fair trade artisan gift gallery for wedding and bridal party gifts.

    I have spent countless hours “hand-picking” eco-friendly wedding specialties to provide a convenient, online eco-wedding boutique for environmentally conscious couples planning a gorgeous and green wedding. Whenever possible, we work with suppliers who share our commitment to environmental and social responsibility. For more green wedding ideas, visit http://green-wedding.net/

  3. GoodFibers September 19, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Thank you for a great article on wedding gifts and favors. Good Fibers specializes in bath towels, linens and bedding made from organic cotton and bamboo. We have a gift registry available on-line and give the option of having gifts tied with a ribbon, wrapped in a towel and a card with the givers name. All items will then be placed in a large basket that can be used for storage later. Thus avoiding all the waste associated with wrapping and the extra boxes. Thia also condenses shipping and the environmental impact of transporting the gifts. We also provides couples with a list of the gifts purchased and the purchaser to help tracking and making thank yous easy and organized. If we all make changes in the small things it can add up to big environmental benefits. Thank you again for your article

  4. ecolectic events September 19, 2009 at 1:40 am

    In addition to gifts and favors, there are eco-friendly items available for every facet of your wedding. This earth friendly event shop offers everything from centerpieces to place card holders, favors and paper products. If you are looking for a unique and environmentally conscious decor items for your wedding, please check it out!

    http://www.divinelionesss.etsy.com

  5. Say it Green July 24, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Bridgette – thanks for mentioning us in your post. If you readers want to know more about what it means to buy a bag or shirt that is organic and fair trade, they can visit our site to learn more.

    Essentially, it takes about 0.3 lbs of chemical fertilizer and toxic pesticides to make a conventional cotton bag or shirt. Additionally, that cotton bag or shirt is typically manufactured in sweat shops where poor workers are paid depressed wages.

    At Say it Green!, we *only* offer bags and garments that are 100% organic (no toxic pesticides) and fair labor/fair trade (workers are paid a fair wage and have a range of rights protected). We do this because we wouldn’t feel good about offering our products in any other way. At the site (which is entirely wind-powered), you will see that we have a range of organic, fair labor/fair trade products available that you can personalize with your own designs, digital pictures, and text.

    That is the short version. To learn more, please check out our site and click on the “Organic” and “About Us” tabs.

    Thanks!

    Andy
    Co-Founder, Say it Green!
    http://www.sayitgreen.com

  6. sellingboe July 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Hi,

    This is Scott Ellingboe , co-founder and CEO of The Honeymoon, the first of the online honeymoon registry companies out there and one of the companies that began the whole ‘alternative registry’ concept. As so many couples are getting married later in life, alternative registries that deviate from the traditional offerings of decades past have continued to grow in popularity. Many of us have a balanced approach to business and want to give back in a variety of ways. I applaud all of the companies that do.

    Thank you.

    Scott Ellingboe
    TheHoneymoon.com Honeymoon Registry
    http://www.thehoneymoon.com

  7. bswarner July 20, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Hi, This is Brandon Warner, President of Traveler’s Joy honeymoon registry. I thought I’d mention some of the initiatives we are taking at Traveler’s Joy to help our Members learn about the environmental impact of traveling (specifically the honeymoon of course!).

    We recently partnered with NativeEnergy Travel Offsets to make it as easy as possible for our Members to calculate and purchase offsets for their honeymoon travel. In fact, the banner/link we have is smack in the middle of our Member’s account page. With this launch, we also created a specific ‘CO2 Offset’ item that our Members can register for and help pay for the offsets purchased through NativeEnergy.

    Finally, we love the IDo Foundation and our partnership with them helps our Members give to their favorite non-profit. We encourage all of our Members to sign up with them and the best part is that the donation comes from us – not our Members – so they get to keep those dollars for that extra pina colada on the beach :)

    Best Regards,
    Brandon Warner
    President & Co-founder
    Traveler’s Joy Honeymoon Registry
    Traveler’s Joy, Inc.
    http://www.travelersjoy.com

  8. bswarner July 19, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for mentioning the benefits of a honeymoon registry and describing the attributes behind this increasingly mainstream registry option for engaged couples.

    It is great to see how popular the honeymoon registry is becoming. When Traveler’s Joy first started accepting Members over four years ago, we realized there was a large number of engaged couples that were not satisfied with the diversity of the traditional wedding registry market. Since then, the honeymoon registry has become a mainstream option for brides and grooms and the industry has experienced significant growth.

    We are proud to have helped thousands of couples travel to destinations they may never have considered – a great feeling for everyone at Traveler’s Joy.

    I encourage you to contact us with any questions about our service. Most importantly, enjoy your honeymoon!

    Best Regards,

    Brandon Warner
    President & Co-founder
    Traveler’s Joy Honeymoon Registry
    Traveler’s Joy, Inc.
    http://www.travelersjoy.com

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