Zero Waste Weddings
Weddings in India are a lavish and extravagant affair. From larger than life decors, food and guest lists, to the heavily embroidered outfits and jewellery, Indian weddings have seen it all. With an annual turnover of 100,000 crore and a growth rate of 25 – 30%, Indian weddings witness a large amount of wastage in terms of food, cutlery and décor. The increase in the "show-off” of wealth, led the Lok Sabha to propose a bill through which the number of dishes served and guests invited to weddings will be capped. People who spend in excess of Rs.5 lakh for a wedding will have to make a contribution towards the weddings of poor girls. In case a family incurs costs over Rs.5 lakh on a ceremony, it will have to contribute 10% of the amount spent to the weddings of girls who come from poor families. The Bill was implemented by a Member of Parliament of the Congress, Ranjeet Ranjan.
Today we bring to you, 6 little ways, through which you can make a difference, and cut down on the wastage in your wedding, without compromising on the fun/events!
A simple yet effective way to cut down on paper wastage. With the millennial era being well versed with apps and social media, e-invites are a perfect option to cut down on cost and wrapping paper. Opt for seed invites (Cards that have seeds inside and can be planted in soil) if you absolutely need to print out some invites. Check out the impressive invite by Vignesh and Veena!
2) Skip the Plastic Cutlery
Plastic causes havoc in our environment. By clogging pipes and drains, these materials do not decompose easily and end up entering our food chain. Skip the plastic cutlery this wedding season and opt for steel or glass cutlery. Banyan leaves are an excellent option for plates too.
3) Non-Profit organizations - Robin Hood Army
Food is wasted in huge amounts during the wedding season. With millions of people living in poverty and dying of hunger, the least we can do is to distribute the excess amount of food from weddings to the needy ones. Pairing up with non-profit organizations like The Robin Hood Army is an excellent option.
4) Usage of Minimal Local Flowers
Flowers are an excellent option to decorate the venue in an eco-friendly way. They are bio-degradable and can be turned into compost post the wedding. However, make sure to steer clear of huge exotic floral decors and opt for seasonal flowers sourced from small-time vendors or directly from farmers to support local growers and suppliers. Visit the "phool-mandi” in Connaught Place – Delhi to find excellent options!
5) Re-Usable Décor
Decors play a huge part in increasing the cost and manpower of Indian Weddings. Talk and inspire your wedding decorator/planner to opt for minimal, chic and re-usable décor. Chalk-Boards are a unique and smart option to add some quirk!
6) Recycle and Reuse Garments and Jewelry
I know, this is a tough one for women! Every bride wants to look absolutely stunning on her D-Day. However, the Indian Textile industry causes a huge amount of waste with chemical dyes, fibres, and polluted waters. This wedding season, opt for family heirloom jewellery and garments to dress yourself up! Plus, don’t we all have that one "exclusive” piece that we absolutely love from our mother or grandmother’s closet? Time to wear something "old & blue!”