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My small, lean, green wedding
here are more than 100,000 posts
with the tag "#greenwedding"
on Instagram, and no, they're not
pictures of green bridesmaids' dresses.
Weddings produce a lot of waste, and
an increasing number of couples are
looking to limit their celebrations'
environmental footprint through
sustainable or "green" practices.
Ellen Hockley Harrison started her
Jersey City, N.J.-based company, Greater
Good Events, in 2015, after working in
catering and event management for 10
years. "I was really frustrated with the
extreme waste I saw and wanted to offer
a more sustainable approach," she says.
"No one had heard of an eco-friendly
event planner when I started, but now I'm

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UPPER PHOTO: A clear tent in a temperate
climate allows light in while showcasing
the venue and eliminating the need for a
lot of additional decor. Photo by
A Guy + A Girl Photography, courtesy
of Greater Good Events.
LOWER PHOTO: New and vintage
furniture and accessories provide practical
decor that can be rented and reused for
sustainable weddings. Photo by De Joy
Photography, courtesy of Paige Events.

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meeting people all over the globe who are
trying to do the same kind of work."
"Sustainable," "green" and "ecofriendly" mean different things to
different people, but in general, a green
event considers social, ethical and
environmental impacts. At a minimum,
an eco-friendly wedding would minimize
or eliminate single-use plastics in favor
of reusable items, recycle bottles and
cans, and compost leftover food and
food scraps. More intensive efforts might
include replacing paper invitations with
evites or seed paper, sourcing products
and services from minority businesses
or those that employ underserved
populations, and purchasing carbon
offsets. Green weddings also tend to

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