Creating a wedding that isn't wasteful or polluting is appealing to more couples. The number of earth-friendly products and services is growing, giving the bride and groom a range of options. It is often as simple as buying local. For instance, supporting a local artisan is much more earth friendly than having cheap trinkets shipped half way around the world.
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One of the more obvious eco-friendly wedding favor ideas for couples is to give something organic. There are many options if you want to give small trees, seeds, bulbs or plants.
Endangered Species has organic milk and dark chocolate bars which make an elegant earth friendly wedding favor. Each bar features an at-risk animal with a range of colors sure to match your event.
The symbolism and beauty of gifting a tree is certain to thrill your guests. The National Arbor Day Foundation makes it easy for eco-friendly brides to give trees for their favors. The trees are delivered in an easy recyclable plastic tube with your choice of customized label. Your recipients can plant their trees right away, store them in a refrigerator, or grow them indoors for months.
The Green World Project provides live evergreen tree seedling favors. Their motto: By giving trees or seeds to your guests, everlasting memories will take root and grow along with your marriage. The tree can be presented in a stylish tube with directions on how to reuse the tube as a birdfeeder. Very clever!
Favors 4 Wedding has a wide variety of unique wedding favors. From flower bulb wedding favors to seed favors in many design and color options.
One of the best ideas comes from The I Do Foundation's Favors for Charity program. This program allows you to make donations to your favorite charity in honor of your guests. Once you sign up with the I Do Foundation, you decide which nonprofit organization to support with your wedding donation. A great way to give to your guests!
Tender Seed Company has mini plantable seed shape favors and lavender organza favor bags.
For my own October wedding, our favors were small watercolors painted by my husband who is an artist. He printed a sketch our wedding location and added splashes of watercolor to each one. We also gave our guests a small box of chocolates. If I were to do it over today, I would make sure that the chocolates were organic and fair trade.