It's a Nice Day for a Green(er) Wedding


Do you know someone getting married this Spring or Summer? Even if they’re completely eco-unconscious, you can still help them make their wedding green (whether they like it or not, dammit!!) Especially if you still have to buy a gift for them, you might want to consider offsetting the carbon created by their celebration.

The always-fabulously green Portovert Magazine has a carbon calculator specifically for weddings. You just need to know a few details about the wedding (number of attendees, number of nights spent at hotels, square footage of wedding and reception areas, etc., which you can always estimate) to plug into the calculator. Then, you can decide whether you want your offset money to go to wind energy, a biofuel, or a mix of the two. The site even explains exactly how carbon offsets work (in case you need a primer) so you can explain it to your soon-happily-to-be-married friends or family what the heck your gift actually means. (Check out the ‘Still Confused?’ button on the right side of this page.)

Now if only they would create an online tool like this that would enable us to find the perfect, re-wearable bridesmaid dress in a flattering color…..

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.