Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Eco-friendly wedding dresses for those of us who don't follow jam bands . . .

Even though I am a committed environmentalist, when I think about being married, I just don't really see myself in one of those shapeless hemp dresses that girls who follow jam bands would swoon over (sorry, but the eco-friendly** wedding dress industry has a far way to go - although it is getting better and better - look here - I really like the blue one half way down the page). [UPDATE: after further examination of the list of "eco-friendly" gowns linked in the previous sentence, I wanted to add a quick caveat: the list provides minimal explanation about what makes many of the gowns "eco". For example, there are many reasons why silk is NOT eco-friendly. So, please be cautious in assuming that a dress shown in the list is actually "green".]

That said, the whole wedding industry is ridiculous - and the jam-band girls get it. Repeat after me, "RIDICULOUS". So much money for so many things that are used ONCE and then thrown away or just stored. Like the invitations and the decorations and the flowers and the bridesmaids dresses and the shoes and, most of all, the wedding gown. Thousands of dollars - more than most people around the world make in one or several months - spent on one dress, worn for a few hours, then stored in the closet . . until when? [Be real, your daughter most likely will not want to wear your dress from two decades ago. Don't be dumb.]

But, those dresses . . . in the wedding magazines . . . well they are scrumptious. Expertly tailored columns of silk, satin, lace . . . dreamy . . .

So, what is a girl who might want a designer dress - but does not want to be an eco-idiot - to do?

I'm glad you asked. She goes to and searches for her fave designer: Vera Wang, Priscilla of Boston, Monique Lhuillier . . . and buys a once-worn, lovely confection of a dress (there are almost 3000 to choose from on the site), saves a bunch of money (which lets her book the organic caterer) and goes right back and resells it again. Now, that is eco-smart!


(**NOTE: Buying something used reduces the demand for new things to be made - and therefore saves valuable resources from being consumed. Buying something new - even if it is made from eco-friendly materials, still uses more resources than buying something used. The more owners something has throughout its life, the more efficiently we have used the resources that went into making it. )


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