Eco Friendly wedding dresses: five years ago, you probably would have had a hard time finding one.
But today? They’re all the rage, and with good reason.
Awareness is growing about the importance of making responsible decisions, and many brides want to start their new life off right with a dress that’s fair trade and/or eco friendly.
The amazing thing about eco friendly wedding dresses is that they don’t look eco friendly.
Take a look at the wedding dress on the right. It was designed by Rai-Lynn Broach of Threadhead Creations. Most people are shocked when they discover that this gorgeous wedding dress is made from hemp and and peace silk.
You would have never guessed, right?
Fabrics like hemp have come a long way from the rough, rice-bag looking fabric they were just 20 years ago. Today hemp, which is incredibly eco friendly, can be spun into a luscious fabric fit for an elegant wedding gown.
What To Look For In An Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress…
If you’re going to be walking down the aisle soon, and you want your own eco friendly wedding dress, then keep in mind these tips.
Tip #1: Consider a Used Dress
You can’t really get any eco friendlier than to buy a used dress. Consignment shop, online stores, and even your friends might have a dress you can wear. Remember, you’re going to be wearing this dress for one day. Granted, it’s a super special day…but if you can find a used dress (for a fraction of the price) you’ll lessen your impact.
You can also check out the gowns at Brides Against Breast Cancer. Half of these gowns have all be gently used, and the other half are brand new from top designers who have donated gowns to the charity. The money raised from each sale goes towards granting “one wish” for women who are terminally ill with breast cancer.
Tip #2: Look at the Fabrics and Inks
Most eco friendly wedding gowns are made with organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, or peace silk. When you’re shopping around, ask questions about what the gown is made from. Most designers and boutiques will have labels letting you know that the dress is fair trade and/or eco friendly, but it’s always best to ask.
It’s also important to look at the ink. Many eco friendly gowns use vegetable-based dyes, which helps lessen their impact on the environment.
Tip #3: Consider WHO Made It
Many commercial gowns are made overseas. Often, these workers are paid bare minimum wages, and work in unsafe factories.
Gowns that are labeled “fair trade” mean that whomever worked on the gown, or created the fabric, was paid a fair, living wage for their skills. And, it means no child labor was used in the creation of the fabric or dress.
For many brides, that peace of mind is priceless.
Eco friendly gowns are rapidly gaining steam among brides-to-be. And, finding that perfect gown isn’t as hard as it used to be as more designers start making eco friendly dresses. Etsy is a great place to look, and a quick Google search will yield hundreds of options for you to start browsing through!
Filed under: Eco Fashion on May 10th, 2010