It’s going to be a challenge and it will be particularly hard if you are working with a venue who hasn’t thought about changing their plastic use. We have previously written about eco-friendly weddings which dealt more with hiring items, alternate decorations and stationery but we now focus on the bits and pieces that creep into our wedding day.
When thinking about cutlery and tableware, if you are having canapes that require some sort of utensil there’s now a plethora of places that sell biodegradable bamboo. Bamboo takes roughly 45 days – 180 days (in a commercial composter) dependent on the unique make and style.
Just do a google search for "bamboo tableware for weddings" to begin your search.
Plastic Straws are the 12th most common item reported by Clean Up Australia Day volunteers. They represent 7.5% of all reported plastics and Australians use about 10 Million straws everyday or 3.5 billion a year according to Clean Up Australia.
There are various options in terms of materials out there including paper, bamboo, paper & wheat etc. On the left-hand side is a biodegradable pack of 50 paper & wheat straw straws for $2.50.
On the right is a reusable bamboo straw complete with cleaner, a pack of 10 straws will cost you around $12.50 but remember you can take them home and reuse them at future parties.
There are now so many alternatives to that plastic pieces and even better, you can make them yourself. Here is a list of things to get you started:
Signs and Decorations
Plastic takes between 450 – 1000 years to decompose (depending on the type) so if you think about that your great, great, great, great, great….. grand children will be on the planet along with your wedding day signs! Crazy hey.
Your guests will probably look at the seating plan once, to find their place and then toddle off to their seats. That means that custom made seating plan is in use for what… maybe 30 minutes? Then it’s tossed out. What else could you use?
Here are some suggestions for seating plans from us:
- Chalkboards, whiteboards, paper printout
- Palettes, old ware crates, biscuit tins or glass jars
- Name tags hanging from a tree or on the tables bottle of alcohol
- Records, CD’s or photo frames
- A hula-hoop with names hanging inside it
- An old port, trunk
- Pot plants, planter stands or ladders
Here are some suggestions for table numbers from us:
- Wooden table numbers or cardboard printouts
- Printed numbers in small photo frames
- Hire glass or plastic numbers
- Glass or metal number holders
- Plates with numbers inside them
Here are some suggestions for decorations from us:
- Paper streamers
- Hanging lights
- A huge mirror
- Large leaves, Plants, flowers or succulents