If Mother Earth will be the guest of honor at your wedding, you’ve probably already got a dog-eared copy of Green Weddings That Don’t Cost the Earth or Organic Weddings on your nightstand. You’ve arranged to serve a vegan, locally-grown feast at your reception, and you’ve decided on elephant dung paper and soy ink for your invitations.
But do you have your gown? You may want to think about avoiding one or more of the following things: sweatshop labor, boiled silkworms, synthetic fabrics, or waste. Don’t assume that you have to walk down the aisle in a shapeless recycled hemp sack to stay true to your values — there are plenty of fabulous cruelty-free and eco-friendly choices out there for those who want them!
Using environmentally friendly, SBP (sustainable/biodegradable product) hemp fabrics, Conscious Clothing creates fantastic gowns. This dress has princess seams in the front and back, with a little bit of riffle under the front hem and three dramatic ruffles cascading in the back.
Julia Smith’s full-length panel dress (which goes by the name of Claire) is made to order with ethically sourced bamboo and silk or hemp and silk.
This gown falls into the cruelty-free catagory. Gaiahouse uses pure, organically grown, vegetarian organic silks known as “Peace silks” because the silk worm is not killed during the production process.
Another option open to green-minded brides is the second hand dress option — wearing a gown that has already been worn once or more has much less of an environmental impact than having something new made. If you’re superstitious, however, the next best thing is to have a dress created for you using recycled fabric. Making a new gown from the fabric of an heirloom gown is a great way to pay homage to your loved ones without having to adopt their style.
Now we want to know: How important has ‘being green’ been to you when choosing clothing, edibles, and stuff for your wedding?