Love is in the air (but so is pollution!) Whether you’re throwing your own dream wedding, or simply part of the band, there’s no shortage of ways to turn this special day into one that celebrates the planet as well. From the honeymoon to “death do us part”, these sustainable wedding gifts are sure to make a statement.
The Honeymoon Phase
The wedding has wrapped up, the gifts have been unwrapped, and the happy couple has crossed the threshold to their new life.
You’ve made it through the bachelorette party, the reception, and the *cringe-worthy* toast from the groom’s best man. Now all that’s left is for the bride and groom to break open their gifts, and send ‘thank you’s’ to family and friends! And what better way to celebrate a zero waste wedding that than with eco-friendly thank you cards? Tree-free uses 100% recycled paper for all their cards, custom printing each batch in a woman-run, solar powered factory. It’s a physical reminder of the amazing memories made, without the planet-hurting power of traditional paper cards.
Our favorite part of the honeymoon phase: the honeymoon! When you’re heading out of town with your new boo’, things like toiletry bags, duffles, and travel-size items are more important than ever. While traveling the world can be pretty wasteful, our on-the-go essentials help you reduce your impact. Check out this water-resistant organic cotton toiletry bag to keep everything in one eco-friendly place. Need more sustainable travel ideas? We’ve got you covered here!
Like a nice bottle of wine, you have to let a new relationship breaaathee. We love these insulated wine glasses because they’re totally shatter-proof, come with lids for travel (camping honeymoon anyone?), and keep drinks cold for hours and hours. Plus, they’re great for those romantic backyard date nights and dinner parties once you get settled in. Keep the party going in your happy home with cups that are as up for adventure as you are!
Build a Happy Home
Make some time for dinner and a movie, just the two of you! Turn on the music, light some candles, and enjoy with these sustainable wedding gifts.
Set the mood, sustainably. Whether you’re heading out to date night, or celebrating a cozy night in, create a musical atmosphere with this speaker made with upcycled and recycled materials. With a sustainable bamboo exterior, and a post-consumer recycled fabric front that’s paired with organic cotton and hemp, this speaker celebrates the planet with every tune. Plus, House of Marley plants a tree for every item purchases, planting over 25,000 trees to date!
From preparing the perfect bath with candles and roses to setting the Thanksgiving table for a family of five, these bamboo candle holders let you switch up the mood. Simply flip to change from tealight candles to tapered candles! Made from sustainably harvested bamboo, a natural and renewable resource, this simple addition to any home is sure to make a beautiful statement.
Smells like… home. Bring the smell of the outdoors, in, with United by Blue’s soy candles. Hand-poured in Philadelphia, these small-batch, GMO-free candles have a non-toxic cotton wick, and burn for 40 hours. With a refreshing aroma of green safe and earthy wood, this candle smells even better than it looks (plus it comes with 100% plastic-free packaging!) Breathe in newlywed life with this fresh-scented candle!
Couple of Chefs
Relationships are about sacrifice. And good food. Mostly food. Tackle the kitchen with your loved one with the help of these eco-friendly gifts!
You may not be a pro in the kitchen–but this bottle will certainly make you look like one. This 100% recycled glass bottle lets you mix up salad dressings, drizzle oil and vinaigrette, and prep pans with ease. Fun fact: glass is infinitely recyclable (unlike plastic!). When you buy recycled glass, you’re giving post-consumer glass a new life.
For hundreds of years in China, the go-to building material was Chinese Cedar wood, due to its lack of chemicals, but natural resistance to staining, bugs, and mold. Bambu is giving this wood a new life with their Reclaimed Cedar Wood Serving Trays, made from hand-selected cedar planks from abandoned Chinese homes. Whether you’re enjoying wine and cheese between just the two of you, or serving up appetizers for the whole family, these natural wood serving trays bring an air of class and sophistication to any new home.
Cut, slice, serve, and celebrate with these multi-purpose bamboo boards! Made from sustainably harvested, non-toxic, naturally moisture-resistant bamboo, these boards allow you to slice your baguette and serve it too! With gently rounded edges that won’t dent your table, these beautiful bamboo boards look great on any new family’s dinner table.
Happily Ever After
You and your special someone have years of adventure to come. From building new traditions to celebrating old habits, celebrate the planet with every step with sustainable wedding gifts designed to last you a lifetime of love.
Breakfast in bed–made better. These organic cotton sheets aren’t just luxuriously soft. They’re also pesticide, herbicide, and synthetic fertilizer free, with no phthalates, formaldehyde, or toxic chemicals (that’s a truly non-toxic relationship!) Plus, they’re made without child labor, and provide fair wages. From sleepless nights to lazy Sundays, these sheets are sure to complete your cozy bedroom.
Ready to start living more sustainably? Now you’ve got a partner in crime to help you along your journey! Going zero waste can be challenging, but TerraCycle is making it easier than ever to reduce your hard-to-recycle waste. From batteries, to candy wrappers, to old electronics, TerraCycle works with independent companies nationwide to find recycling partnerships for tons of unique materials. With any new marriage, trash can pile up as you find duplicates of essentials (think coffee machines), but TerraCycle keeps things waste-free.
New relationship, new home, old chopsticks. Chop Value upcycles bamboo chopsticks from restaurants in Vancouver to transform into their densified wood shelving units. Although we may be biased (we have a set in the office), these hexagonal shelves are the perfect way to make any new home a conversation starter. Plus, they’re a great place to display all those wedding photos!
Sometimes relationships mean getting your hands dirty, literally! Embarking on a new marriage can also mean embarking on a new step of your sustainability journey. Encourage each other to reduce waste in your home with a new compost bin! Plus, composting can inspire fun new projects around gardening for any new couple. They say you should get a dog before having a baby, but we our rule is: get a compost bin before both!