Get A Green Engagement Ring
Whether you decide to go diamond, platinum, gold, wood, antique – or with something completely custom and original – the most important factor to keep in mind when choosing the ring engagement is the person you’re buying it for. Don’t let the salesperson talk you into the diamond if she’d rather have an amethyst; don’t buy a new ring that looks vintage when there are estate sales and antique stores that sell the real deal (without consuming the energy used to process something brand new). Have a family gem? Get it reset in a band made from recycled metals for a piece that fits the bill as something old and something new.
Pop The Question
You want it to be romantic. You want it to be memorable. You want it to be perfect. But does that mean it has to be environmentally un-friendly? Obviously hiring that plane to write “Will you marry me?” in the sky is a no-go – as is your weekend trip to Paris to propose under the Eiffel Tower (unless you live in France of course) – but you can still make your proposal green; try making an organic, home cooked meal with plenty of candlelight; putting together a scrapbook of photos and mementos from your relationship; or going down on one knee in the spot where you met. It doesn’t have to be elaborate to garner a “yes” from your sweetheart; it just has to be heartfelt.
Spread The Word
Congratulations! Now that you’re engaged – it’s time to share your happy news with eco-friendly engagement announcements. An electronic announcement is the greenest option, but if your families are too traditional to get the word out view email, look for announcements made from recycled paper, printed with non-toxic inks and made with low-impact processes.
Throw A Party
Ready to celebrate? The parties that go along with weddings-from engagement soires to bridal showers to rehearsal dinners – have a carbon footprint all their own; keep yours under control with an eco friendly engagement get together. Control the guest list, choose a restaurant that gets its ingredients from local farms (or cook at home); put together centrepieces that take advantage of the season with sticks, flowers and other natural elements. Light the room with soy candles, lay out cloth napkins and toast with organic cocktails.
When it comes to picking out the china, appliances and sheets that will mark the start of your new life together, get off to a green start with your registry. Register at a smaller boutique store that carries pieces by local artisans for one-of-a-kind place settings that you won’t see on your cousin’s table at Thanksgiving, and look for sustainable fibres (like organic cotton) woven into sheets, towels, tablecloths and napkins. Scale back on kitchen gadgets – do you really need that Panini maker, or will a grill pan work? How often would you make ice cream from scratch? And choose items that will do double duty to save space and minimise clutter. If you’re combining two households and already have all your housewares, register for tools, camping equipment or donations to your favourite charity instead.