March 21, 2023
(By Jade Piper)
An elopement is a wonderful way to celebrate your love for each other without all the fuss and expense of a big wedding. If you’ve ticked finding ethical jewelry off your checklist and are now looking for ways to make your elopement commemorate your love for one another while also taking care of the environment, then an eco-friendly bouquet is perfect for you. In this article, we'll discuss the options for an eco-friendly elopement bouquet.
One of the best ways to make sure your bouquet is eco-friendly is to choose organic flowers. Organic flowers are more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or other harmful chemicals. Using these natural methods makes them better for the environment and wildlife. By choosing organic flowers, you are supporting farmers who are embracing practices that promote biodiversity, reduce pollution, and conserve water and soil.
Aside from saving you money, less-expensive, fresher locally-grown flowers also have a lower carbon footprint because they don't have to travel as far to get to you. Seasonal flowers are also more sustainable because they don't require as much energy and resources to grow, compared to flowers that are out of season.
Floral foam is often used to hold the flowers in place and keep them hydrated. However, it is not eco-friendly. It takes hundreds of years to break down in a landfill, and when it does break down, it releases harmful chemicals that can pollute the soil and water. Instead, consider using a vase or a bouquet holder made from eco-friendly materials like bamboo or recycled paper. Wire and natural materials such as twine or raffia can be used instead of floral foam. There are also reusable options such as metal floral frogs that can be used repeatedly.
If you’re on an eco-friendly path, mindfully practicing it even at home by following a zero-waste cleaning routine, then choosing dried flowers as your elopement bouquet is another great way to do this.
Dried flowers don't require any water and can last for years which reduces waste and the need for constant replacements. From deep, earthy tones to delicate pastels, you can choose from a variety of dried flowers, including roses, lavender, and baby's breath. You can also add in some greenery to give your bouquet a natural and rustic look.
Silk flowers are another eco-friendly option. They are made from synthetic materials, which means they don't require water, sunlight, pesticides, or fertilizers to grow. Silk flowers are also reusable, so you can use them for other events or as home decor. They are available in a wide range of colors, textures, and shapes which means they can match any style or theme of the wedding.
Remember, every little step counts when it comes to protecting our planet. If possible, hire like-minded people and partner with wedding suppliers such as photographers who are socially and environmentally conscious to capture your big day while also showing your commitment to sustainability and love by choosing an eco-friendly elopement bouquet. With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can create a beautiful and sustainable bouquet that reflects your unique style and values.
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